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Hye-Jeong Jang

Para dance sport | Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
L&F1, SC1, SD1

Further personal information

Family
One son [2008], one daughter [2005]
Residence
Daegu, KOR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Korean

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para dance sport competitively in 2011.
Why this sport?
She wanted to get involved in some physical activity, after finding she was exhausted while working as a human rights counsellor. She was fascinated by Para dance sport and the costumes.
Club / Team
Ulju-gun Office Para Dance Sport: Korea
Name of coach
Seo Sang-Cheol [club], KOR
Training Regime
She trains eight hours, five days a week.

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Korea
Location
Rheinberg, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Reading tarot cards. (Athlete, 01 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the combi standard class 1 at the 2014 Asian Para Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her able-bodied partner Bae Jongbu, Korean Para dancer Lee Young-Ho and her mother Kim Geum-Ran. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019; biz.heraldcorp.com, 30 Nov 2016)
Hero / Idol
Her mother Kim Geum-Ran. (Athlete, 01 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In July 2018 she fractured her right knee after a fall from her wheelchair. She underwent surgery on the injury and returned to competitive action in August 2018. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)

In 2013 she sustained a head injury during training. (biz.heraldcorp.com, 30 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hope comes from the impossible." (Athlete, 01 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To become a Para sports psychologist. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019)
Impairment
At age three she damaged her nerves in an incident when she was left exposed to cold weather, resulting in paraplegia from her belly button downwards (Athlete, 23 Oct 2019; donga.com, 22 Oct 2014; newsis.com, 29 Sep 2013)
Other information
MOTHER TRIBUTE
She dedicated the gold medal she won in the combi standard class 1 event alongside partner Bae Jeong-Nu at the 2019 World Championships in Bonn, Germany, to her late mother. “My mother died last year [July 2018] but she wanted me to win a world championships, and I promised her I would. She saw how happy dancing made me and asked me to keep dancing all the time to stay happy.” (paralympic.org, 01 Dec 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Combi Standard Class 1 Final 2013-12-07 5
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 4
Duo Standard Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 1
Combi Freestyle Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 2
Combi Standard Class 1 Final 2015-11-08 2
Malle 2017 World Para Dance Sport World Championships (Malle, Belgium)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Combi Latin Class 1 Final 2017-10-21 3
Duo Standard Class 2 Final 2017-10-21 2
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 2
Combi Standard Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 4