Bercovitch in 2013
|Full name||Pascale Noa Bercovitch|
August 21, 1967|
|Sport||Rowing, Cycling, Canoeing|
|Team||Israeli National Paralympic Team|
Bercovitch was born in France to Jewish father and non-Jewish mother. In her youth, she was an athletics champion of Picardy. On 13 December 1984, aged 17, she slipped while in a train station in Angers and got pulled under an incoming train, causing the amputation of both of her legs above the knee. She was preparing at the time to immigrate to Israel, fulfilling her plans shortly later and volunteering to serve with the Israel Defense Forces. Following her military service she began practicing disabled sports, attempting to achieve the criteria for the 1992 Summer Paralympics.
Journalism and film
In the early 1990s, Bercovitch began working in different fields of communications, becoming a journalist, writer and a film director, while still practicing sports and delivering her only child. As a journalist, Bercovitch dealt with disabled people, serving as a journalist on the subject in a morning television show and directing three documentaries, one of which on the Israeli delegation to the 2000 Summer Paralympics. Throughout these years she was training herself in abseiling, mountain climbing and wheelchair dancing.
In 2008 Bercovitch directed a documentary titled Three Hundredths of a Second.
Paralympic sports career
Bercovitch was asked in 2007 to join the Israeli paralympic rowing team. While never practicing this sport, she had been given ten months to be included in the final list of participants to the 2008 Summer Paralympics. Her silver medal won at the 2008 World Rowing Cup competitions in Germany enabled her to do so. She was a rower at the 2008 Paralympics, where she competed in the women's single sculls event but did not advance to the finals.
|Title||Produced by||Directed by||Format||Length||Year||Country||Language||Awards|
|Three Hundredths of a Second||Pascale Noa Bercovitch||Pascale Noa Bercovitch||Documentary||55mins||2008||Israel||Hebrew||2006 Paralympic Film Festival, Hungary|
- Autobiographical statement in Oline, le dauphin du miracle (see above).
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