Road to Rio

Zahra Nemati
Archery Iran

Zahra Nemati

Gold medallist in women’s individual recurve W1/W2 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games First Iranian woman to win a gold medal at either an Olympic or Paralympic Games
Full name: Zahra Nemati Date and location of birth: 30 April 1985, Kerman, Iran
Height: 1.76m Weight: 54kg
Challenge: Spinal injury Classification: W1/W2

Trivia

Started playing sport aged five and became a black belt in taekwondo After a car accident she took up archery instead
When she retires from archery… She will take up fishing Favourite meal is Ghormeh Sabzi “I invite all people to taste Iranian food just once. They always love it and never leave it.”
Worst experience “My worst experience in life was having to quit taekwondo after the car accident that caused my spinal injury.” Best experience “The sweetest moment was when I felt the Paralympic gold medal around my neck.”

On winning Sport Accord’s 2013
Spirit of Sport Individual Award

Idols

“I think this award does not just belong to me. This success also belongs to my people, to Iranian women and all Muslim females. I dedicate myself to my country.” Hadi Saei Taekwondo world champion
Roham Shahabipour Her husband and archery champion
Zahra Nemati
Sport improves motivation and self-confidence and brings cheering, happiness and praise. Sport raises one's self-esteem and self-control.
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