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Luca Ekler

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Residence
Budapest, HUN
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, German, Hungarian
Higher education
Recreation Management, Sport Management - University of Physical Education: Budapest, HUN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2011 in Szombathely, Hungary. She got involved in Para athletics in 2017.
Why this sport?
"I saw the [London 2017] Para athletics World Championships on TV and watched the Hungarian Biacsi sisters [Bernadett and Ilona] compete. This is when I first thought that I could compete with them. The Paralympic movement and Para athletics helped me to accept myself for who I am. They made me feel whole. I want to be the best I can be by improving my skills, winning races, and setting records. There is so much that I can learn. I've just begun my journey."
Club / Team
TFSE Budapest: Hungary
Name of coach
Laszlo Szalma [club], HUN
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Hungary

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, writing, trying new sports, discovering new places, meeting people from different countries. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T38 long jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo players [and her brothers] Bendegiz Ekler and Zsombor Ekler. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She wears braids in every competition. "It makes me feel like a tiger." (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I'm running, it feels like I'm free and when I'm doing long jump, I'm flying. No-one can take that away from me." (tokyo2020.org, 22 Oct 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2019 Female Para Athlete of the Year at the M4 Sport Athlete of the Year Gala in Hungary. (tf.hu, 21 Jan 2020)

In 2018 she was given the Para Athlete of the Year Award by the Hungarian Athletics Association. (vaol.hu, 25 Nov 2018)
Famous relatives
Her brothers Bendeguz, Zsombor, and Botond have competed in water polo. Bendegiz was part of the Hungarian team that won bronze at the 2018 World Youth Championships in Szombathely, Hungary. (paralympic.org, 17 Oct 2020; Zsombor Ekler Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2019; vaol.hu, 29 Aug 2018; total-waterpolo.com, 10 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 14 Mar 2021)
Impairment
She had a stroke at age 10 that caused paralysis on the left side of her body. "I celebrated my 11th birthday in a wheelchair. I had to fight hard to simply be able to walk again, but after half-a-year I was already running again." (rmx.news, 22 Nov 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2020 she began studying for a master's degree in an athletics' coach programme at the University of Physical Education in Budapest, Hungary. (paralympic.org, 17 Oct 2020)