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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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Austin Hinchey (Canada, No. 3)

'I lost my left leg below the knee at 10 years old due to a brittle bone disease. I wanted to be an active kid and I was unable to do that with my leg the way it was. I quickly became involved in volleyball among other sports like hockey, soccer, basketball, and golf. As I got older I started to find it more difficult to keep up with able bodied athletes. I turned my focus to volleyball as the sport, my disability, and my position all seemed to work well together. I played on school and club teams eventually being recognized to join the Canadian Standing Volleyball team in 2007.After a short season Volleyball Canada converted the disabled team to the sitting volleyball game.

Austin

'I’ve been on that team since it started and have been playing sitting volleyball for almost 6 years now. Sitting volleyball was the first sport I’ve played that was designed perfectly for someone with my disability. I enjoy it so much because of the speed and creativity it requires. It is different from standing volleyball in many ways and I enjoy how separated the games are. I still play standing volleyball for the University of British Columbia but getting to play sitting volleyball and represent Canada is something I can’t relate any standing volleyball experiences thus far.'