Julia Hildegund Wuerthen
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first joined a local wheelchair basketball club at age four, and at age nine was introduced to wheelchair racing.
Why this sport?
She likes the sensation of speed she gets from racing fast in her chair.
Club / Team
Name of coach
Stefan Strobel; Wolfgang Blochle
She trains on the track at the Olympic Training Centre [Olympiastutzpunkt] in Saarbrucken, Germany, as well as doing strength training at home.
Rennferkel [Racing Piglet] (rennferkel.com, 10 May 2017)
To win a Paralympic medal. (volksfreund.de, 23 Jul 2015)
She was born with a range of conditions including spina bifida, hydrocephalus [fluid on the brain], Gibbus [wedged vertebrae], contracted legs, underdeveloped feet, and is paralysed from the waist down. When she was born, doctors said her impairments were some of the most severe they had seen, and they did not expect her to survive an eight-hour long surgery soon after birth. Her father built her first wheelchair himself, because the family's health insurance would not cover one as they did not believe she would ever be able to use it. (rennferkel.com, 10 May 2017; volksfreund.de, 23 Jul 2015)