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Shen Yugong won her 3rd Paralympic Gold Medal in Sitting Volleyball (in a row) at London 2012 and has been the one of the sports best attackers for over a decade.  


To read all about her background and how she got into Sitting Volleyball please click on her name above or HERE.

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Alex Schiffler (Germany, No. 1)

'I started in 1996 with Sitting Volleyball, after having cancer in my right leg. Before that I was swimming a lot with a club team, and was competing in lots of competitions. I thought that was my thing but when I was 8 years old, then the illness came.

At first I thought about going back into disabled swimming, but I found it made me feel ‘really disabled'. I got a negative feeling and after some time when I was having my prosthetic leg fitted I saw an advertisement for Sitting Volleyball. My brother was a volleyball player so I know it was great team sport so I went to a practice. I instantly saw disabled sport in another way. It was much more fun than swimming as it was so fast and there was so much action involving all of your teammates.  There are so many tactical options and technical varieties to hit the ball, it never gets boring as every rally feels different.'


'Sitting Volleyball has also changed my personal life, as at the World Championships 2010 in OkIahoma I met my now wife Michelle. This is a great motivation for me in Sitting Volleyball as well, as we are both involved in the sport and know what each other wants and why we commit and give so much.'

'I was then selected for the National Team and went to the World Championships where I saw another level of Sitting Volleyball. I then set my heart on getting a place in the National starting team…and I have been there ever since (apart from a few injuries).  I have been to 3 Paralympic Games, and London was by far the best. We were always so close to achieving something, but it was obviously never the right time. However in London, everything felt good and seemed to click and we were strong enough to win the Bronze Medal.'

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