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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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Loek Hendrix, The Netherlands, No. 7)

For many years I was struggled to come to terms with it, as I didn't consider myself to have a disability. I even tried going back to football, but I found very quickly that I couldn't play anymore. Sports have always been a big part of my life, and in 2007 I found out about Sitting Volleyball nearby where I lived. I went to watch and the trainer said that I couldn't watch, I had to play in order to really experience it. I was immediately sold on the sport and within a few months I was invited to join the National Team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The skills I acquired through football were really useful, the handling of the ball and the judging the ball flight to then move transferred really well. Most people who have played a ball sport before seem to get ‘the feeling’ and skills a lot quicker. Sitting Volleyball has become a big part of my life, the community is small and friendly and I now know pretty much everyone, I actually can't imagine stopping it ever now, and if I did there would be a big empty part of my life.'

‘Before playing sitting volleyball I was a young talented football goalkeeper, until one day during a match someone kicked me on my lower right leg. This quickly developed into a bruise, which continued to grow and everyone thought it had become infected. A couple of days later I went back to the doctors and the nurse told me that it could be something quite worse. I went to the academic hospital and they discovered that the skin and muscles around it had died and that I had pyoderma gangrenous, so I started medication instantly which stopped it from spreading.'

 

Follow Loek on Twitter here: @Loek85

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Sarah Pegg