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PLEBANI Veronica Yoko
Sport Para alpine skiing, Para Canoe Sprint, Para snowboard, Para Triathlon
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age23
Place of BirthGavardo, ITA
Height1.73 m
Weight 57 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
KL3
Further Personal Information
Residence
Palazzolo sull'Oglio, ITA
Languages
English, German, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para canoeing in 2012.
Why this sport?
After her illness she took up canoeing as she lived only 200 metres from a club on the river Oglio in Palazzolo sull'Oglio, Italy.
Club / Team
KCC Palazzolo: Trento, ITA
Name of coach
Stefano Porcu [national]
General Interest
Hobbies
Dancing. (abilitychannel.tv, 10 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2014 European Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. (azzurridigloria.com, 14 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Hero / Idol
New Zealander paddler Lisa Carrington. (letteradonna.it, 29 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Replace words with actions." (art4sport.com, 2013)
Other sports
She competed in Para triathlon at the 2017 European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria, and participated in snowboarding at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (triathlon.org, 2017; abilitychannel.tv, 01 Jun 2016)
Ambitions
To win a medal in snowboarding at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (lettera43.it, 23 Oct 2012; letteradonna.it, 29 Apr 2016)
Impairment
The impairment to her hands and feet is the result of bacterial meningitis. She was diagnosed with the illness in April 2011. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2013)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as an ambassador of 'art4sport', a non-governmental organisation that encourages young people with limb deficiencies to try sport. (letteradonna.it, 29 Apr 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 52.802
Paralympic Games - Para snowboard
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014 Snowboardcross - Standing 3:42.34
World Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Kayak single KL3 200m 53.757
4 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 52.569
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2017 PTS2 1:39:26
8 2018 PTS2 1:31:00
European Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 PTS2 1:42:43
3 2018 PTS2 1:28:15
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 2018 PTS2  
7 2018 PTS2  
7 2018 PTS2  
European Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
3 2015 Kayak single KL3 200m 56.760 
4 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 52.160