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Kimberley Dean

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature

Further personal information

Residence
Isle of Man
Occupation
Athlete, Physiotherapist
Languages
English
Higher education
Physiotherapy - University of Salford: Manchester, ENG

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took part in various sports at a young age through school and the Dwarf Sports Association UK. She began Para powerlifting after being spotted by British Weight Lifting in 2019.
Why this sport?
She initially got involved in sport to keep fit, and pursued Para athletics before turning her focus to Para powerlifting. "Like many children and young people in sport there was the dream of trying to get to a level where I could compete on the world stage. For me as a Para athlete the options are somewhat limited. I can swim but not anywhere near well enough to excel. So my options as a dwarf athlete were shot put, discus or powerlifting. At first I tried field events as accessing athletics clubs and equipment was much easier 10 years ago [speaking in 2022] compared to getting into powerlifting. Then life as an adult took over and I concentrated on my career as a physiotherapist. It was only training for the World Dwarf Games in 2017 that got me refocused on sport and led to me being spotted by British Weight Lifting in 2019."

General interest

Nicknames
Kim (Twitter profile, 16 Apr 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing ninth in the 61kg category at the 2021 World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. "Making the top 10 on my debut international event was amazing." (islandlife.im, 05 Jan 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her Great Britain teammates. (islandlife.im, 05 Jan 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"On the day it's just you and the bar – will you own it or will it own you?" (islandlife.im, 05 Jan 2022)
Awards and honours
She was named Disability Sportsperson of the Year at the 2020 Isle of Man Sports Awards. (isleofmansport.com, 02 Apr 2020)
Other sports
She won the girls' age 13-15 badminton title at the 2001 World Dwarf Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. She also competed in Para athletics [shot put, discus and javelin] at the 2013 World Dwarf Games in East Lansing, MI, United States of America. (yumpu.com, 10 Aug 2013; thepowerof10.info, 02 May 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (islandlife.im, 05 Jan 2022)
Impairment
She has achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. She had surgery to correct her bowed legs at age 13. After months of physiotherapy she was able to walk again. (csp.org.uk, 01 Nov 2006; disabilitynow.org.uk, 01 Oct 2008)
Other information
OCCUPATION
The experience of undergoing operations to straighten her bowed legs at age 13 influenced her decision to pursue a career in physiotherapy. She started working as the Team GB physiotherapist for the Dwarf Sports Association UK in 2008. She has also worked as a senior paediatric physiotherapist for the Department of Health and Social Care, Isle of Man, at the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust in Oldham, England, and for the Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2015; kimdeanphysio.co.uk, 01 Oct 2014; csp.org.uk, 01 Nov 2006)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has been a classification advisor for the International Dwarf Sports Federation. (kleinwuchs-sport.de, 01 Jan 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a master's degree in applied theology from Moorlands College in Sopley, England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2015)