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Gulnaz Akbasheva

Para dance sport


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Naberezhnye Chelny, RUS
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?
Coach from what year?

International debut

Competing for

General interest

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;, 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." (, 20 Sep 2013)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Candidate for Master of Sport in Russia. (, 26 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her cousin Aigul Rejepova has competed internationally in powerlifting. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
To become world champion. (Athlete, 27 Nov 2013)
An accident at age 18 resulted in spinal injuries. (, 20 Sep 2013)


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