From September 7 through 18, hundreds of athletes with disabilities will compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Among them is Laura Fürst, a student at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The 25-year-old athlete is one of the best female wheelchair basketball players in Germany.
Laura Fürst is from Gräfelfing, a suburb west of Munich. After attaining her bachelor’s degree in Energy and Process Engineering, she began studying for her master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at TUM. In addition to that, she plays wheelchair basketball for RBB München in the German national league. Fürst, who has been an incomplete quadriplegic since an accident in 2008, has already been successful in several international competitions. In the 2014 world championship she and her team won the silver medal, last year they won the European championship.
In their first game on Friday, September 9, 8.15 PM CEST, the German women’s wheelchair basketball team will play against Brazil. Since the team won the gold medal in the 2012 Paralympics, fans hope that they will be able to repeat their success.