Name: Liisa Lilja
Date of Birth: 26.08.1992
City of Residence: Helsinki
Coach: Darby Thomas
Sports Club: Helsinki Triathlon
Best Accomplishments: European Championship Silver, World Championship 4th place
1.sija SM, Himos
2.sija Geneve EM
4. sija Chicago MM
I have always practised sports. When I was eight years old, I was diagnosed with bone cancer. My right leg was amputated above the knee. I lost my leg, but retained my life.
Although cancer took one of my limbs, it didn’t take my capacity to move. After rehabilitation I started swimming on my physiotherapist’s recommendation. In 2007 I was selected for the Team Finland in swimming, and so my international disabled swimmer’s career commenced. I had an opportunity to represent Finland in European and Nordic Championships and many other international swimming competitions. I’m a holder of three Finnish records and several Finnish championships.
In the beginning of 2014 I started paratriathlon. I enjoyed swimming but I needed new challenges. My goal is to reach the top in paratriathlon. I train a lot and enjoy every moment. I have dreams but I am also living my dream.
This spring one of my dreams came true: I was able to run for the first time in 12 years. I know that I have to work hard to reach my goal. However, I don’t set myself limits. When there’s a will, there’s a way.
1.1.-16.1. Lanzarote, camp
25.-28.2. Pajulahti, Paralympic camp
19.3. Buffalo City, South Africa WC (=world cup)
20.3.-1.4. Calella, camp
23.4. Penrith, Australia WC
14.5. Aguilas, Spain WC
26.5. Lisbon, Portugal European Championships
26.-29.5. Pajulahti, Paralympic camp
19.6. Besancon, France WC
23.7. Rotterdam, Netherlands
14.-16.8. Pajulahti, Paralympic camp
12.9. Rio Paralympic Games
3.-6.11. Pajulahti, Paralympic camp