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Maria Tietze

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T64

Further personal information

Residence
Leverkusen, GER
Occupation
Athlete, Student, Translator
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Sociology, Technical Studies - Technical University of Berlin: Germany

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 28 in 2017 at the TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen club in Germany.
Why this sport?
She became interested in Para athletics after attending a lecture by German Para sprinter David Behre at the Technical University of Cologne in Germany. She then got in contact with German Paralympic runner Markus Rehm, who encouraged her to try the sport. "I did not know anything about Markus and his successful career back then. I was more concerned with other aspects of my life."
Club / Team
TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen: Germany
Name of coach
Matthias Esser [club, national], GER
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Germany

General interest

Nicknames
Maerri (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Playing football, reading, writing. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Earning selection for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2021)
Injuries
She injured her right heel while competing at the 2018 Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland. She returned to competition two months later. (Parasport TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen Facebook page, 03 Jul 2018; tsvbayer04.de, 27 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is freedom. You have to be able to surpass yourself, and most of all to support others in doing so." (Instagram profile, 14 Oct 2019)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she played able-bodied football for German club SV Eintracht Hohkeppel. (sportstiftung-nrw.de, 17 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 30 Jul 2018; Facebook profile, 04 Jun 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tagesspiegel.de, 26 Jan 2021)
Impairment
In 2016 her left leg was amputated below the knee as the result of a motorcycle accident in July 2015. She required reconstructive surgery and plastic surgery, and underwent around 20 operations over the following 13 months. (rheinische-anzeigenblaetter.de, 06 Nov 2019; sportstiftung-nrw.de, 17 Sep 2019; Instagram profile, 02 Jul 2018; deutsche-paralympische-mannschaft.de, 2017)
Other information
FOOTBALL
She played football for the SV Eintracht Hohkeppel club in Germany before she sustained her impairment, and the thought of being able to play again was her strength as she underwent multiple operations after her accident. Following the amputation of her left leg in 2016, she took up the role of assistant coach for the team but left after a year to pursue Para athletics. "The doctor gave me the two remaining options, amputation or stiffening of the ankle. It was clear that football would be over for me and I just couldn't put up with it, football was my life. For me it was clear that amputation was the right way. I couldn't even walk with a stiffened foot. Being on the field, I always compared myself to the time before the accident, which was not good for me." (Facebook page, 26 Feb 2020; www1.wdr.de, 11 Nov 2019; rheinische-anzeigenblaetter.de, 06 Nov 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In August 2020 she began working as an online columnist for German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. Her articles gave insight into her journey to the rescheduled Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. (tagesspiegel.de, 26 Jan 2021, 27 Oct 2020, 24 Aug 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree at the Technical University of Cologne in Germany. (sportstiftung-nrw.de, 17 Sep 2019)