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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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Elvira Stinissen (The Netherlands, No. 1)

'I started sitting volleyball without any knowledge of volleyball. I was looking for a sport that wasn’t played in a wheelchair and liked the fact that it was a team sport that I could play without my prosthetic on. A consultant at a rehabilitation center actually brought sitting volleyball to my attention 12 years ago. It was love at first sight, all of a sudden I was one of the fastest on court, which has never happened to me before! In the beginning it is a very difficult sport, largely because of the technical aspects, but once you get the hang of it, it is the best sport there is and twelve years later I don't want to quit playing. It's fast, technical, the people around the sport are great and it can be played at the highest level! I have been to two Paralympic Games: Beijing and London. Both were amazing! In Beijing we managed to win the Bronze medal and now winning a medal in Rio 2016 with the team is my ultimate dream.'

Elvira

Follow Elvira on Twitter here: @ElviraStinissen