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Gulnaz Akbasheva

Para dance sport

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Naberezhnye Chelny, RUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Tourism - Povolzhye State Academy of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism: Naberezhnye Chelny, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age 20 in 2010 in Naberezhnye Chelny, Russia.
Why this sport?
Before her accident, she was an active child who studied dance from kindergarten onwards. She later played basketball and volleyball. "I couldn't sit still. I was always running somewhere." After the accident, she took up wheelchair dancing for her health and as a way to socialise.
Club / Team
STS: Naberezhnye Chelny, RUS
Name of coach
Takhir Mavlyautdinov
Coach from which country?
Russia
Coach from what year?
2010

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Russia

General interest

Hobbies
Cross stitching. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the Continents Cup in November 2013. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, and her coach. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013; kazan.aif.ru, 20 Sep 2013)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I do not see myself in a wheelchair. [Writer] Paulo Coelho once wrote 'When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it'. I believe this. I wish to live once again without a wheelchair, to simply rise and go. I close my eyes and see it. I am dancing in heels, in a beautiful dress. I wake up with this disturbing feeling of happiness." (kazan.aif.ru, 20 Sep 2013)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Candidate for Master of Sport in Russia. (dancingwheels.by, 26 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Aigul Rejepova has competed internationally in powerlifting. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Ambitions
To become world champion. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
Impairment
An accident at age 18 resulted in spinal injuries. (kazan.aif.ru, 20 Sep 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Combi Standard Class 2 Final 2013-12-07 1
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Combi Standard Class 2 Final 2015-11-08 4