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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My story with Sitting Volleyball started in the rehabilitation centre. My physiotherapist asked me if I would be interested in doing some sport, for instance, Volleyball and I said yes. It took a while, but 10 months after I received a call from a SV coach. I went to the club and did a test, they liked me and I never stopped after that.
I had to amputate my leg, after a motor bike accident. The doctors tried to recover my leg, they couldn’t. One week after they had to amputate.
Sitting Volleyball is everything for me. I have the opportunity to be close to the person that I admire the most, Gisele, our captain. We have the same feeling, We have the same will. When we are playing, each play, each movement, each gesture is worth it, for our country, for our club, even for our own life.
I lost a leg and I time does not go back again, but I am a new person, another person. I was a Paula that had no interest in anything and today I am a much better person. I even thank God for my accident. I have already participated in one Paralympics, I have started in 2011 and in 2012 I was already representing my country. That has no price. We have the all country supporting us, so our obligation is to sit on that court and play with all our heart and soul, give everything we have and do the best that we can.
Sitting Volleyball has changed me tremendously. I understood that I wasn’t the only one in the world with this disability, that there are a lot of other people with disabilities even worse than mine, who live their lives autonomously. This world is a world in which everybody helps each other. We learn a lot, every day is a different day and a different experience. God send me that accident so that I had an opportunity to be a different, much better person. And Sitting Volleyball directed me towards that way.