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GOUWS Liezel
Sport Para athletics
NPC South Africa   
Place of BirthKlerksdorp, RSA
Height1.71 m
Weight 52 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
T37, F37
Further Personal Information
Klerksdorp, RSA
Afrikaans, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2012 in Klerksdorp, South Africa.
Why this sport?
She saw the sport as a challenge.
Name of coach
Alta Oelofse [personal], RSA, from 2012
Senior International Debut
Competing for
South Africa
General Interest
Camping, spending time with friends and family. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the T37 800m world record in 2015. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US sprinter Allyson Felix. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
She underwent surgery on a stress fracture in her foot in 2015. (Athlete, 02 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Chase your dreams." (Twitter profile, 01 Oct 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2016 Para Sportswoman of the Year, and the 2013 and 2016 Sportswoman of the Year in Matlosana, South Africa. (, 04 Nov 2016; Twitter profile, 26 Oct 2013)
Her impairment is the result of a stroke she had in September 2004 at age five. (Twitter profile, 26 Sep 2016; Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m T37 14.84
7 2016 400m T37 1:09.08
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 200m T37 31.90
Semifinal 2013 100m T37 15.60
4 2013 400m T37 1:12.81
5 2017 200m T37 30.31
5 2017 400m T37 1:09.54
10 2017 100m T37 15.07