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PROTOPAPA Paola
Sport Para cross-country, Rowing, Sailing
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age53
Place of BirthRome, ITA
Height1.69 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Daniele Stefanoni, daughter Giulia
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Insurance Officer
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Rome: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began rowing in 1983 with CC Roma in Italy.
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Dario Naccari [national], ITA
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, skiing. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You win with great determination, and years of training." (superabile.it, 02 Aug 2009)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She has also represented Italy in para-sailing and finished sixth in the three-person keelboat [sonar] discipline at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Mar 2015; london2012.com, 23 Oct 2012; paralympic.org, 2010)
Impairment
She lost the use of her left elbow after it was injured in an accident in 1987. The condition is called elbow disarticulation. (superabile.it, 02 Aug 2010; sport.sky.it, 03 Mar 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:46.33
4 2007 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:37.92
2 2009 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:28.44
2 2013 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:21.70
4 2015 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:30.98
Paralympic Games - Rowing
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 Legs, Trunk & Arms Coxed Four 3:33.13
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
13 2010 5km Classic Style - Standing 21:56.1
16 2010 1km Sprint Classic Style - Standing  
Paralympic Games - Sailing
Rank Year Event Result
12 2012 Three-Person Keelboat 86