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Elie Enock

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F57

Further personal information

Residence
Port-Vila, VAN
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2016.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to the sport at a talent identification session ran by the Agitos Foundation and the Oceania Paralympic Committee.
Name of coach
Odile Siro, from 2017; Denny Kalenga, from 2017
Training Regime
She trains every day and undertakes two strength and conditioning sessions per week. She also incorporates Para rowing into her training regime.

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming, singing, watching films, socialising with friends. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the silver medal in the javelin at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa, and competing at the Arafura Games in Darwin, NT, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; samoa2019.ws, 16 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballers Neymar and Ronaldinho, and the New Zealand rugby union team. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I can do it then you can do it. You just have to think positive at all times that you can do it, and you will achieve anything you set your mind to." (samoa2019.ws, 16 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dailypost.vu, 15 Jul 2017)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age 20, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. "We hit the bridge, then I flew outside and my leg was broken." (goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020; Vanuatu Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 24 Sep 2019)
Other information
DEALING WITH HER IMPAIRMENT
At age 20 she was involved in a car accident with her boyfriend, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg above the knee. Following her injury, she was affected by depression and the breakup of her relationship with her boyfriend, who also lost a leg in the accident. She says sport has helped her to accept her impairment. "I was really upset about the accident and the relationship breakup and also the way people looked at me differently. For a while I was very depressed. All my dreams were crushed, but then I became involved in Para sport, and everything changed for me. I really love it [sport]. I have found something that makes me happy all the time. I always think positively now about my life with a disability. Sport gave me confidence, ownership and responsibility back. Para sport has really changed my life a lot. It helps me to know that having a disability doesn't stop you from achieving your goals and even helps me realise what I can do with my disability." (goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020; tokyo2020.org, 23 Jul 2020)

ACTING
She has a passion for acting and says the activity helped her to overcome depression following her accident. She was introduced to acting at the Wan Smolbag Rainbow Disability Theatre in Vanuatu. "I had some really close friends that supported me and helped me to move on [following her accident], but I would still stay at home. I was really upset about the accident and the way people looked at me differently. The Wan Smolbag supported me greatly. The challenge is when I have to choose between training or [performing in] a play." (goodpeoplenews.com, 09 Mar 2020; loopnauru.com, 15 Jul 2019; dailypost.vu, 30 Jan 2019)