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Martina Barber

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics as a teenager in Stevenage, England.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to try athletics after she started playing football while she was at school. Her sister then took her to the local track. "I literally didn't know what athletics was."
Club / Team
Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club: England
Name of coach
Paddy O'Shea [personal]

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up and always give your best to everything." (greatinteractions.live, 05 Apr 2016)
Awards and honours
In February 2013 she was presented with the Mayor's Award for Sporting Excellence at the Sport Stevenage Awards in England. (snhac.org.uk, 27 Feb 2013)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (pmf.org.uk, 09 Dec 2019)
Impairment
Her intellectual impairment is the result of being born three months premature. (uksportsassociation.org, 01 Jan 2015)
Other information
LONG JUMP FOCUS
After winning gold medals in the T20 heptathlon at the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability [INAS] world championships and European championships, she was invited to attend a British Athletics Parallel Success talent camp, where she was encouraged to try the long jump and 400m. She chose to focus solely on long jump in 2017. (britishathletics.org.uk, 19 Dec 2018; uksportsassociation.org, 04 Mar 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a learning partner at the Valley School in Stevenage, England, and as an ambassador for the 'My Sport My Voice' campaign. The scheme is committed to raising the profile of athletes with an intellectual impairment in the United Kingdom. "I enjoy inspiring and educating people. I like to show people that anyone with a learning disability or disability can achieve or succeed at anything." (thevalley.herts.sch.uk, 04 Mar 2020; Twitter profile, 01 Sep 2018; uksportsassociation.org, 2017; greatinteractions.live, 05 Apr 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T20 Final 1 2017-07-17 4