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Elke Seeliger



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries

Further personal information

Husband Burkhard, two children including son Tammo
Weyhe, GER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shooting in Bremen, Germany, at age 15. She first shot with an air pistol but switched to the air rifle in 2010. She took up shooting Para sport after she began using a wheelchair in 2014.
Why this sport?
Her father took her to a shooting festival in Bremen, Germany, and she joined a club soon after. "I'm just happy that I have this sport. I'm not the type who can sit on the sofa and do nothing."
Club / Team
SV Etzhorn [GER] / Stuhr von 1912 [GER] / SV Bassum von 1848 [GER]:
Name of coach
Rudi Krenn [national], GER; Burkhard Seeliger [personal, husband]
Training Regime
She trains for 19 hours a week, which includes physical exercises and physiotherapy as well as shooting practice.

General interest

Fishing, spending time with her dogs. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2021)
She resumed full training in October 2020 after undergoing surgery earlier that year due to a health issue. (, 28 Jan 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she received a silver merit award from the SV Bassum von 1848 shooting club in Germany, in recognition of her sporting achievements at international level. (, 07 Jun 2017)
Other sports
She competed in able-bodied sport shooting at national level in Germany before her diagnosis. (, 28 Jan 2021)
Famous relatives
Her husband Burkhard serves as her coach. (, 25 Jan 2020)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Aug 2019)
She has syringomyelia, a degenerative condition which damages the spinal cord. She has used a wheelchair since 2014. (, 2016;, 01 Aug 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R2 - Women's 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH1 Qualification 2016-09-08 11
R8 - Women's 50 m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2016-09-13 14
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R2 - Women's 10m Air Rifle standing SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 11
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 22
R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 8
R8 - Women's 50m Rifle 3 Positions SH1 Final 2018-05-05 8
Team R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 3