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Natalie Blake

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Residence
Newark, ENG
Languages
English
Higher education
Sport Studies - Newark College: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up powerlifting at age 15 in Stoke Mandeville, England.
Why this sport?
She used to compete in wheelchair racing before deciding she wanted to try something different.
Club / Team
Physical Health & Performance Ltd: Newark, ENG

International debut

Year
1999
Competing for
Great Britain

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music. (britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Most influential person in career
New Zealand powerlifter George Taamaru and British powerlifter Emma Brown. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2010; britishweightlifting.org, 28 Oct 2014)
Hero / Idol
Welsh footballer Ryan Giggs. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2010)
Awards and honours
She underwent emergency brain surgery a week before she was due to compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. She was able to participate at the Games, but her coaches decided to withdraw her from the competition after she was unable to complete her first lift. (britishweightlifting.org, 25 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
Her father Keith has coached weightlifting. (uksport.gov.uk, 06 Mar 2014)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida. (newarkadvertiser.co.uk, 17 Sep 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -56 kg Final Round 5
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -56 kg Final Round 2
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -56 kg Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -48 kg Final Round 6
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 52.00kg Final 2010-07-26 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -52 kg Final Round 2012-09-01 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Up to 55.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-08 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's -55 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 6
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 8