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Anastasiia Gontar

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Surgut, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Medicine - Surgut State University: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five in Surgut, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She followed her mother into the sport.
Club / Team
Ugra Adaptive Sports Centre: Russia
Name of coach
Sergey Grammatikopolo [personal], RUS, from 2007

General interest

Nicknames
Nastya (VK profile, 04 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Medicine, photography, painting, reading. (Athlete, 27 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Receiving the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 27 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 27 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Katie Ledecky. (Athlete, 27 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do not give in to difficulties. Overcome all obstacles." (surgu.ru, 17 Aug 2020)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 10 Apr 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 25 Jul 2021)
Impairment
She has had scoliosis, a condition that causes a curvature of the spine, since childhood. "I had a hump on my back and my height was decreased by 10 centimetres. My back hurt so badly and, in addition, I would get short of breath and could not walk for a long time. Inside all my organs were being squeezed, including my heart and lungs. I would not wish it on anyone." In 2014, at age 13, she underwent surgery to fix titanium screws into her spine. (ugoria.tv, 06 Mar 2018; ugra-news.ru, 03 Nov 2017)
Other information
EARLY STRUGGLES
She believes her love for swimming meant she persisted with the sport despite being in agony after the operation she underwent at age 13 to insert titanium screws in her back to treat her scoliosis. "When I returned after surgery, I could do absolutely nothing, even simple things like putting on my clothes. My mother helped me to do everything. Nobody really believed in me, except for my first coach and my parents. Every training session was a nightmare. I screamed in the changing rooms from the pain. My bones ached but I survived because I love it." (ugoria.tv, 06 Mar 2018; ugra-news.ru, 03 Nov 2017)