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Pia Laophakdee

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Vientiane, LAO
Occupation
Sports Administrator
Languages
English, Lao
Higher education
Information Technology - Quest College: Vientiane, LAO

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting at age 19 in Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Why this sport?
"I used to practise this sport as it made my muscles bigger and it was fun to lift weights with my seniors and friends. Now I like it because the result is totally dependent on how much effort you have put in."
Club / Team
Vientiane Powerlifting Club: Laos
Name of coach
Jo Takashi, JPN; Yusuke Kuwahara, from 2017

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Laos
Location
Kuala Lumpur, MAS

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking, listening to music, singing, watching Para powerlifting competitions, watching films. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 49kg category at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia, and receiving a certificate of recognition from the prime minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Oudom Vilaysack. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
He received a certificate of recognition from the prime minister of the Lao People's Democratic Republic in recognition of winning gold in the 49kg category at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Indonesia. (laotiantimes.com, 07 Jan 2019)

He was flag bearer for the Lao People's Democratic Republic at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 07 Oct 2018)
Impairment
The paralysis in both his legs is a result of the effects of polio. He contracted the illness at age three. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2019, 07 Sep 2016)
Other information
TRAINING IN JAPAN
He trained in Japan under Japanese Para powerlifter Takashi Jo in preparation for the 2017 ASEAN Para Games, and the 2018 Asian Para Games. The training camps were organised through the 2016-2021 Lao Para Sports Promotion Project. "I have never trained with a Japanese coach before, so I want to adapt what I have learnt to the situation here in Laos and share my experience with the younger athletes here." (laotiantimes.com, 08 Oct 2018; Vientiane Times, 11 Sep 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -49 kg Final Round 2016-09-08 6