Czech athletes Anička Luxová and Eva Berná have been in active training this week ahead of 2016 Paralympic qualifying season and the 2015 IPC Athletics season, which officially got underway this week in Dubai. The training took place both indoors and out, using a variety of techniques including stair training and discus throwing. They were joined by other members of the Czech athletic team.
Berná picked up some intensity in her training following Franziska Liebhardt breaking her European record with a throw of 11.83 meters in the F37 discuss this week at the IPC Grand Prix in Dubai.
Berná is a four time Paralympian in shot put, competing at the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics. She won bronze twice in the Shot Putt – F37/38 event, once in 2004 and again in 2008. She has seen a lot of success recently going into the 2016 Summer Paralympic qualifying season. She won a silver at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, and gold at the 2012 and 2014 IPC European Championships. In 2014, she also won bronze in the women’s F37 javelin at the European championships.
Luxová competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics for the Czech Republic in the women’s 100 and 200 meter T35 events. While not medaling, she set a personal best in the 100 meter event. She is a member of SC JÚ Praha.
Both athletes have cerebral palsy and are supported by Elite Handicap Sport, o.s..