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Nanda Mei Sholihah

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T47

Further personal information

Residence
Kediri, INA
Languages
Indonesian
Higher education
Sociology - Sebelas Maret State University: Solo, INA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in grade five of school in Surakarta, Indonesia.
Why this sport?
"I was quite active, I competed in running, poetry reading and drawing at kindergarten. In fifth grade, Mr. Karmani [an NPC Indonesia official] came to my school, asking for my address. He said I had been scouted by them for quite a while. So he came to my house and basically said, 'Do you want to travel on a plane for competitions?' I joined him the following week at a training camp and met several other athletes with an impairment, which made me think for the first time, I was not alone."
Club / Team
East Java: Indonesia
Name of coach
Selamet Widodo, INA

General interest

Hobbies
Make-up, cooking, travel. (liputan6.com, 11 Oct 2019; fimela.com, 21 Jul 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the T47 100m, T47 200m, and T47 400m at the 2015 ASEAN Para Games in Singapore. (fimela.com, 21 Jul 2018)
Most influential person in career
Coach Selamet Widodo, and her parents. (Athlete, 07 Nov 2019)
Injuries
She sustained an ankle injury at a training session, three days prior to her departure to compete at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. She was unable to take her place at the Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Oct 2019; kompas.com, 20 Oct 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She prays for her mother on the starting blocks. "I am her first born, and I couldn't imagine her feeling when I was rejected from a kindergarten because of my impairment. At the start-line I always pray for her and say, 'I will do my best'." (Trans7 Official YouTube channel, 28 Nov 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't count your missing limbs and weak training. Overcome all limitations with glorious achievements." (tribunnews.com, 05 Sep 2018)
Awards and honours
She was a part of the torch relay parade for the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (fimela.com, 21 Jul 2018)
Impairment
She was born without part of her right arm. (brilio.net, 19 Jul 2018)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
Competing in Para athletics has allowed her to gain self-confidence. "My parents taught me to be independent and to blend in. But, I was never those things, especially during my school years. I always covered my [impaired] arm, I didn't want them give me, 'The look'. Practising athletics was very helpful, I slowly gained confidence, it was like I can prove to everyone that I could achieve in life." (metropolitan.id, 28 Dec 2019)