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Lea Mazza

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Brest, FRA
Occupation
Student
Languages
French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was involved in swimming until 2013 when she tried wheelchair racing at an event in France that aims to introduce young people with impairments to Para sports. "I tried wheelchair basketball too, but when I saw a chance to try a racing chair, I signed up and enjoyed it straight away." Her first coach was French Para athlete Denis Lemeunier.
Why this sport?
"My mother did trail running and my sister does karate, so I too naturally wanted to do a sport. It helps me exercise, both physically and mentally. It allows me to channel my energy, and helps me to forget everything else. It's good for me."
Club / Team
Iroise Athetisme: Saint-Renan, FRA
Name of coach
Godelive Hartmann [personal], FRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2015 European Para Youth Games in Varazdin, Croatia. (handisport.org, 04 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
French Para athletes Marie-Amelie Le Fur, Julien Casoli, and Denis Lemeunier. (athletisme-handisport.org, 04 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named 2016 Para Sports Personality of the Year in her hometown of Guesnou, on the outskirts of Brest, France. (gouesnou.fr, 01 Apr 2017)