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Joyce Lefevre



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Deurne, BEL
Dutch, English, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at the end of 2015.
Why this sport?
"Because it isn't an everyday sport. It is a challenge to learn the technique, certainly in the beginning. I also like being able to challenge and push my own limits."
Club / Team
Wapper VZW Wommelgem: Belgium
Name of coach
Mieke Van Thuyne, BEL, from 2016

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Wheelchair rugby. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Claiming bronze in the T34 100m the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her brother, and coach Mieke Van Thuyne. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US gymnast Simone Biles, Belgian Para athlete Peter Genyn. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It's not about defeating your opponents. It is about working hard, learning from your mistakes and enjoying what you do so that you can achieve your own highest expectations and, when you achieve them, that is the feeling of real victory." (Facebook profile, 21 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Para Athlete of the Year in Deurne, Belgium. (, 14 Mar 2017)
She has cerebral palsy due to a lack of oxygen at birth. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
She works part-time at child care company called Reception Families Service Family Union in Antwerp, Belgium. (Facebook profile, 23 Jul 2020;, 01 Apr 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
Women's 400 m T34 Final Round 2016-09-14 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-14 8
Women's 800 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-17 5
Women's 400 m T34 Final 1 2017-07-20 9999