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Maria Markou

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Limassol, CYP
Occupation
Athlete, Teacher
Languages
English, Greek
Higher education
Computer Science, Engineering - Frederick University: Nicosia, CYP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2016 in Limassol, Cyprus.
Why this sport?
She was a gymnast before she was involved in a motorbike accident in 2009. "I gained power [to continue with sport] because I have always been a gymnast. I started it [powerlifting] because it was a different sport from what I did. Because powerlifting is a challenge for a woman."
Name of coach
Dimitris Ioannidis [national], GRE; Rois Polydorou [national], CYP

General interest

Nicknames
Pikkoua (Facebook profile, 13 Jul 2021; Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Gymnastics, reading. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Securing her place to compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My engagement with Para sports has made me more disciplined and stronger. You do not have time to cry. You have to accept it and carry on even more vigorously. Do it for you and live it to the fullest." (newsbomb.com.cy, 20 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2021 she was co-named the Para Sportsperson of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Cyprus [EAK], alongside Para swimmer Carolina Pelendritou. (eak.org.cy, 31 Mar 2021)
Other sports
She has represented Cyprus in wheelchair basketball, and has also competed in Para swimming at national level. (newsbomb.com.cy, 20 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (newsbomb.com.cy, 20 Jan 2019)
Impairment
She was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2009, which resulted in an impairment to her legs. (newsbomb.com.cy, 20 Jan 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as an information technology and computer science teacher at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports in Cyprus. (Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has a master's degree in data science and engineering from the Cyprus University of Technology in Limassol. (Facebook profile, 13 Jul 2021; newsbomb.com.cy, 20 Jan 2019; Athlete, 26 Aug 2021)