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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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Ronja Schmölders (Germany, No. 14)

‘I started playing sitting volleyball in 2009, after having survived cancer. Before I played soccer for several years but I accepted that I couldn’t do this anymore because of the partial amputation of my left leg. I accepted that I had to look for a new team sport…

 

Then at a workshop I finally met someone who introduced sitting volleyball to me and invited me to the German championships. Right from my first impression, I was fascinated by the dynamic nature of the sport and the speed of the ball and players movement. It was there and then that I decided to commit to sitting volleyball.'

'Sitting Volleyball has become a big part of my life now! For me it is most important that it is a team sport, because of the huge motivation that I gain from the other team members. As a team, it is also easier, to get over defeats by pulling together.

 

With sitting volleyball, I can push myself to the limit, physically as well as mentally. The inclusion is also a big aspect for me. In this sport, everybody is equal. No matter if he or she has a disability or not! In my opinion, everybody should try out sitting volleyball to experience this fascination and then make their own mind up. Not before!'

Ronja