Edith Hunkeler (1972) grew up in the Swiss Mittelland and finished an apprenticeship as a commercial employee.

On 22.02.94 Edith Hunkeler’s life took a momentous turn. On her way to work she had a car accident and became paralyzed. After her rehabilitation in different hospitals and in the Swiss Paraplegic Center in Nottwil, a new life began for her.

Edith Hunkeler Lecture topics

  • Willpower: Victory on two wheels
  • Motivation: Get up!
  • Border blaster – If I can do it, so can you.

At the beginning of January 1996 she traveled to Florida for 5 months to learn the English language. At that time she also started to do sports – for joy, fun and a change from everyday life.

Edith Hunkeler’s big sportive goal was to participate in the Paralympic Games in Sydney 2000. However, this dream was not fulfilled. Shortly before the start of the Games, she fell so badly at the Berlin Marathon that participation was impossible. This was a big setback for her – but looking back, Edith learned a lot during this time. It was during this time that she acquired the strength for her later successes.

Edith Hunkeler’s successes

  • Paralympics 2012 in London: 4 times medal winner (Gold 5000m, 2x Silver 800m/1500m as well as Bronze 400m)
  • Paralympics 2008 in Beijing: gold in marathon and bronze in 1500m
  • Paralympics 2004 in Athens: Silver over 1500m as well as 5000m
  • Multiple European champion. Multiple marathon winner
  • 7 times Swiss disabled athlete of the year

With a lot of joy and hard work Edith Hunkeler-Wolf has reached these achievements, which she is also very proud of. This is a proof of will and ambition never to give up, but always to look forward.

Edith Hunkeler became a mommy for the first time on September 14, 2010 – her daughter Elin saw the light of day. It is an unconditional love and gratitude that she has never been able to feel before. Edith’s little family means everything to her and from now on the three of them look forward to an exciting future.

Edith Hunkeler-Wolf is one of the most popular Swiss sportswomen and a role model for many people.