Achelle Guion (born 29 December 1971) from Sipalay City, Negros Occidental is a Filipino powerlifter. She was supposed to be the country’s representative at the Powerlifting’s Women’s -45kg event. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) gave Guion a bipartite approval to allow her to compete in the women’s -45kg event.
The event was supposed to be her second Paralympic Games berth. Her last Paralympics was in the 2012 London Games, where she finished sixth of eight competitors. However, Guion tested positive for COVID-19 before flying to Tokyo for the World Para Games.
Guion was struck with polio when she was one year old. She took up para sports in Manila in 2001, including wheelchair racing, wheelchair tennis, and billiards. She settled on para powerlifting and started to compete local before she received an invitation to join the national team in 2003. She trains with coach Antonio Taguibao, up to three times a week.
She represented the Philippines in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and competed in the women’s -44kg event. She placed sixth among eight competitors by lifting 70 kilograms.
She bagged silver medals in the 2014 and 2018 Asian Games. She qualified for the 2020 Summer Paralympics through a bipartite invitation. However, she tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the games.
She studied Business Management at the Trinity University of Asia and worked as a production worker.
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