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Chimi Dema

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Classification
F40

Further personal information

Residence
Thimphu, BHU
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para athletics in 2018 in Thimphu, Bhutan.
Why this sport?
"I began Para athletics after hearing about it in the media."
Name of coach
Penjor Gyeltshen [national], BHU
Training Regime
She trains for 20 hours a week.

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Bhutan
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Beijing, CHN

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, reading, interacting with new people. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Achieving the qualifying standard for the 2020 Paralympic Games through his performance at the 2019 Grand Prix in Beijing, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her coach Penjor Gyeltshen. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Nigerian Para athlete Lauritta Onye. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Face of Sports in Media Facebook page, 19 Aug 2019)
Other information
PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
She previously worked in the dispatch department of a private sector company in Thimphu, Bhutan, before taking up Para athletics in 2018. "I wanted to be a nurse, but I couldn't continue because I did not get good marks in my boards [exams]. There on, it was about taking up a job to fend for myself and the family. We lived hand to mouth and it's not easy to survive in a metropolitan city which is expensive. On top of that, I lost my job and felt as if it was a dead end. I thought I should give Para sports a try and I was picked to compete in the F40. There were not many wheelchair athletes, the knowledge was limited and there was also a shortage of equipment. I wasn't confident if I could do any sport, but I decided to give it a try. I feel proud. My parents are proud too with whatever I have achieved in two years [speaking in 2020]. I have my set goals and that is to make my country Bhutan proud." (paralympic.org, 11 Jul 2020)