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Marie Emmanuelle Anais Alphonse

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Port Louis, MRI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Creole, English, French
Higher education
Multimedia - University of Mauritius: Le Réduit, MRI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing in 2015. She also took up able-bodied judo as a child.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to Para sport by her friend Sherman Agathe, who was a neighbour of coach Jean-Marie Bhugeerathee. "At age eight I had to stop practising judo because I had to have surgery. Para athletics was the first discipline I practised with people with an impairment. I prefer wheelchair racing. It is like a family."
Club / Team
Magic ParaSport Club: Quatre Bornes, MRI
Name of coach
Jean-Marie Bhugeerathee [national, personal], MRI; Audrey Grancourt [personal], MRI
Training Regime
She trains for six hours a day, six days a week.

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Mauritius
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Italy

General interest

Nicknames
Lioness on the Run [given to her by a Mauritian journalist]. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021; Instagram profile, 22 Feb 2021)
Hobbies
Making friendship bracelets, making beaded chains, crocheting. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021, 07 Nov 2019; Handcrafts Boutik Instagram page, 18 Feb 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting African records in the T54 100m, 800m and 1500m. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021; IPC African records, 25 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coaches Jean-Marie Bhugeerathee, Hewlett Nelson, and Audrey Grancourt, and her father Jean Alain Alphonse. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021, 07 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her grandfather Laval Lebrasse, her father Jean Alain Alphonse, Mauritian Para athletics coach Jean-Marie Bhugeerathee, US Para athlete Tatyana McFadden, Swiss Para athlete Manuela Schaer. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021, 07 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always combs her hair the same way for competitions. (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best view comes after the hardest climb." (Athlete, 20 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named Sports Personality of the Year and Female Para Athlete of the Year in the physical impairment category at the 2019 National Sports Awards in Mauritius. (zordi.mu, 16 Feb 2020)

She was flag bearer for Mauritius at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Indian Ocean Island Games in Mauritius. (lemauricien.com, 07 Jul 2019; Instagram profile, 30 Jun 2019)

In 2015 and 2018 she was named Female Para Athlete of the Year at the National Sports Awards in Mauritius. (defimedia.info, 17 Feb 2019; lemauricien.com, 15 Jan 2019; mauritiussportscouncil.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (lemauricien.com, 25 Sep 2020)
Impairment
She was born with an impairment to her left leg, so she had surgery to amputate the limb below the knee at age nine months. She also has shortened fingers, predominantly on her right hand. (lexpress.mu, 20 Sep 2019; sport.defimedia.info, 29 Jun 2015)
Other information
FUTURE PLANS
In 2019 she graduated from the University of Mauritius with a degree in web and multimedia development. Following the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo she hopes to pursue a career as a journalist or fitness coach. "I am very proud to be able to accomplish my goals. I want to show the world that anything is possible with effort, encouragement and support. I'm just focusing on the sport now [speaking in 2019]. But then maybe I would take another course, or start working as a journalist or fitness coach." (lemauricien.com, 25 Sep 2020; lexpress.mu, 19 Oct 2019)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She runs an online based business that sells handmade bracelets and hats called Handcrafts Boutik in Mauritius. (Handcrafts Boutik Instagram profile, 18 Feb 2021; Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-15 7
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-15 16
Women's 400 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-16 10
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 2017-07-18 13
Women's 100 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-23 8