Nandor Tunel at the IPC Powerlifting European Open Championships in Eger, Hungary

Mariana Shevchuk



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Vinnytsia, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2015 at age 18 in Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Three months later she took part in her first competition, the 2015 National Championships in Dnipro, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
"I was always an active girl and did sports. It's not interesting for me just to be at home. We organised a society for the disabled in our city, and then our chief called [coach] Oleg Pakula and I spoke to him. We met and he suggested I try powerlifting. I tried it and I liked it, and we began working together."
Club / Team
Invasport: Vinnytsia, UKR
Name of coach
Oleg Pakula [personal], UKR

International debut

Competing for
European Championships
Eger, HUN

General interest

Table tennis. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 55kg category at the 2018 European Championships in Berck-sur-Mer, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 03 May 2021; Athlete, 14 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Oleg Pakula. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I always go into a competition to win the gold. For me, winning gives me the push to achieve more and more." (, 10 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Powerlifter of the Year in a public poll conducted on the World Para Powerlifting Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media accounts. (, 09 Jan 2019)

She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (, 31 Dec 2020)
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 10 Feb 2019)
She was born with chondrodystrophy, a condition that affects the development of cartilage. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -55 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 55.00kg Final 2017-12-03 2