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Janel Manns

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Children Lacie Rae and Paige
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
English
Higher education
Justice Studies - Southern Cross University: Lismore, ACT, AUS

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Kendall Tennis Club: Port Macquarie, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Simon Bergner [national], AUS
Coach from which country?
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Nell, Nelly [shortened versions of her name]. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Most influential person in career
Coach Phil Robinson. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. "He has made it to the top, albeit [through] adversity, and never, never gives up. He remains humble and does not forget where he has come from or how hard he has had to work to get to the top. He has humility." (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Injuries
She underwent shoulder surgery in 2020, and returned to competition in December 2021. (paralympic.org.au, 14 Dec 2021, 25 Nov 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't." [US boxer Jack Dempsey] (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)

"Look up, get up, get going." (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Other sports
She competed in wheelchair tennis at the 2012 Paralympic Games London. She also represented Australia in wheelchair basketball between 1999 and 2005. (paralympic.org, 2017; Athlete, 03 Apr 2011; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Apr 2022)
Famous relatives
She is related to former Australian cricket player Geoffrey Lawson. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Impairment
She has incomplete paraplegia due to running and falling on a wet bathroom floor. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as a coordinator and teacher at Australian online education provider TAFE Digital. (Facebook profile, 22 Dec 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a graduate certificate in disability studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, SA, Australia. (Facebook profile, 22 Dec 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 she was appointed to the co-design committee for the Women With Disabilities Australia [WWDA] Lead, Engage, Activate and Drive [LEAD] project, which aims to promote and empower women living with impairments in Australia. (wwda.org.au, 19 Nov 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 61.00kg Final 2017-12-05 9999