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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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Valentine Brick (Ukraine, No. 12)

'I started with SV after a car accident 5 years ago, which broke my knee and it has never fully recovered. 2 years ago I started playing sitting volleyball, it appealed to me as before I played classic volleyball in the Ukraine Super League as an outside hitter (position 4) and as I couldn’t do this anymore I saw this as the next best thing.

 

When I started playing volleyball sat down I instantly liked it, it was quicker but also a lot harder in many ways. There are a lot more small movements involved that are very important, and in volleyball you can just jump or make a quick step to move to the ball.'

'When I first started it was very hard on my hands as you use them so much; to move and to play the ball… but you get used to it fairly quickly!

 

The London Paralympic games were amazing, and it was amazing to win a medal after only playing for 1 year. The competition venue at ExCel was obviously the best I have ever played sitting volleyball in, but I also loved the athlete’s village and having the chance to go sightseeing around London. The other thing that I will always remember is how lovely the people were, always smiling and welcoming us.’

Valentine