Edina Mueller (GER)

DEGermany
Date of birth:
28 Juny 1983
Languages:
German, English
Federation:
DEUTSCHER KANU VERBAND E. V.

Biography

Further Personal Information

PLACE OF RESIDENCE
Hamburg
OCCUPATION
Physical Therapist
HIGHER EDUCATION
Bachelor of science in human kinetics/kinesiology, Diplom Rehabilitation pedagogy. Human Movement Studies - University of Illinois
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
I began competing in paracanoe in 2014. 
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
Her friend encouraged her to try the sport. "Para-canoe is very integrative, a bit more even than wheelchair basketball. You get in the same boat as the other canoeists during training and you just go. As soon as you are in the boat there is no difference."
HOBBIES
Scuba diving
CLUB
Hamburg SV
NAME OF COACH
Arne Bandholz [national]
TRAINING REGIME
I have a great team around me in my club, the olympic training centre and especially at work where I also train. 
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT YEAR
2014
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT COUNTRY
Czech Republic
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT COMPETITION
European Championship
SENIOR INTERNATIONAL DEBUT LOCATION
Racice
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
Winning Paralympic Gold in London 2012
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN CAREER
My mother and father and my grandparents as well as my mentor from the University of Cologne Horst Strohkendl. 
TRAINING PARTNER(S)
Jens Kroger, Niko Classen 
AMBITIONS
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
AWARDS AND HONORS
I was named Hamburgs sportswoman of the year in 2012, Cologne Sportswoman of the year in 2010 and I received the silver laurel leaf (highest german sports award) in 2008 and 2012. 
She was part of the Germany team that won gold in wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Shortly after her diagnosis she competed in wheelchair tennis and won the 2005 Hungarian Open. 
OTHER INFORMATION
Classification
KL1

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries (tagesspiegel.de, 14 Sep 2016)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (tagesspiegel.de, 14 Sep 2016)

Impairment Details
She has had paraplegia since 2000. At age 16 she was playing high school volleyball and felt pain in her back. Later that day she lost feeling in her legs. Doctors found a blood clot, and she spent four months in hospital. (macromedia-fachhochschule.de, 15 Nov 2011; general-anzeiger-bonn.de, 20 Oct 2010)

Awards
She was named the 2012 and 2013 Sportswoman of the Year at the German Sports Gala. (abendblatt.de, 17 Feb 2014; dbs-npc.de, 26 Feb 2013)

She was presented with the Silver Laurel Leaf, the highest national award for excellence in German sports, in 2008 and 2012. (archive.org, 17 Jun 2013; bundespraesident.de, 07 Nov 2012)

She was named the 2010 German International Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year. (macromedia-fachhochschule.de, 15 Nov 2011)

General
OCCUPATION
She works as a sports therapist at BG Trauma Hospital in Hamburg, Germany. (noz.de, 22 Oct 2016)

CLASSIFICATION
KL1
OTHER SPORTS
I have also represented Germany in Wheelchair Basketball 2006- 2014 and won a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics