About Connie Hansen
“I love to feel motion and freedom, when I handbike. Seeing users, friends and family out RaceRunning or walking – on our RaceRunners and walkers – experience the same feeling, makes me truly happy. Because that feeling of freedom is a gloaming fire lightning dreams waiting in the shadows and generating empowerment, just like a swift with a wand of Harry Potters hand”.
– Connie Hansen, founder of By CONNIEHANSEN ApS
Connie Hansen grew up in a small city in North Zealand, Denmark. She did gymnastics, swimming, dancing and many kinds of art and craft. she felt from a tree and got a spinal cord injury at 13 years old.
Connie started swimming immediately after rehabilitation and when to Stoke Mandeville Games in 1978 and every game following until 1993. In 1979 she participated on a Danish 4×100 relay wheelchair race and it concealed her destiny as an exceptional successful wheelchair racer. From 1980 to 1995 where she got her first child and she participated in all Summer Paralympics and obtain 9 gold and 5 silver for Denmark, World Games and World Championships as well as all 800 m wheelchair race Exhibitions events in that period at Olympic Games and IAAF Championships medaling, winning and setting records several times. Also, in road races her results were impressive, consistently winning or placing three.
She engaged herself in the development of the design of racing wheelchairs and Raceruning as well as training methods and pushing techniques. Strived to learn from other top racers and keen on motivating new athletes and sharing knowledge.
Connie become an interesting athlete for Danish media regarding her activities and results as a professional athlete. She became a popular athlete and getting several ranking lists in duration of 1988-94, included in 1992 “Female athlete of the Year” by Danish National Olympic Organizations, “Athlete of the year” by the Danish Sports Organization for Disabled and “Athlete of the Year Runner Up” voted by the largest Danish newspaper.“Female Athlete of the Year” by Danish Television in 1988 as well as Awarded “Para Sport Price 2017” by Denmark Minister of Culture Affaires to develop and promote RaceRunning.
Children with special needs made Connie motivated to accepted a new challege in her life and she had designed “Petra” Race Running for Children and athletes who unable to walk or run to help them to walk, run and have more activities.
Later on she has added more models and types of devises to improving her Race Runnings.