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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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Tatyana Ivanova (Russia, No. 1)

'My acquaintance with volleyball began when I was 12 years old. My first coach was Lyudmila Tcherezova and she taught me to love this sport. However, when I was 15 years old I had to stop classes because of an amputation.

 

In 1996 I entered Moscow Institute and there I was surprised to learn that I could return to my favorite volleyball. Sadly the 1990s were difficult years for Russia, especially for all kinds of sporting activities. But everyone in our sitting volleyball team was enthusiastic and strong enough to train well. We believed that the situation would change.

 

Now in Russia more and more people know about sitting volleyball. Our team is supported by the Ministry of sports of our country and many local organisations.

Tatyana Ivanova

Of course, it became easier to find sponsors, and there are more sports complexes suitable for sitting volleyball.

 

I have been in sitting volleyball for a long time and it is still very interesting for me. Firstly because I love it. I see it like chess: you must monitor the play of your opponents, guess their combination and try to impose their decisions.  Sitting volleyball is not only the game of human forces and reaction, it is also a game for the brain.

 

Secondly I see the progress of sitting volleyball. And I like to be a part of such an interesting sport.

 

Thirdly, I love our team. It was created with great difficulty. We have put a lot of effort in to achieve current results. I am pleased and happy to train with the girls. We are fully involved in the sitting volleyball and do everything not so much for themselves as for the team.'