Dadzite was the most successful field eventer at the London 2017 World Championships, winning no fewer than three gold medals.
The Latvian won shot put F55, discus F55 and javelin F56 in the London Stadium, setting a new javelin F55 world record in the process.
Dadzite’s third-round throw of 27.07m in the javelin F56 added 3.81m on to her winning distance from Rio 2016, where she won discus bronze in addition to gold in the javelin F56.
Prior to 2016, Dadzite had not managed to reach the podium at a major international competition, but she made her mark at the Grosseto European Championships in June that year, winning shot put F55 gold, javelin F56 silver and discus F55 bronze.
Dadzite’s image appears on Latvian stamps after the country marked the success of Latvia’s Rio 2016 Paralympic medallists with stamps in their honour.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
She received the Riga Sport Laureate Award for Best Athlete with an Impairment in 2017. (skaties.lv, 09 Dec 2017)
She was Latvia's flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (MyInfo, 06 Sep 2016)
She endured a difficult childhood. Her biological father did not want to have a baby, and left her mother before she was born. Her stepfather and mother both had alcohol abuse problems, and she witnessed domestic violence in the home. "I haven't seen my real father, he asked my mother to have an abortion and then disappeared when she did not. Later I found out that while my mother was pregnant with me she took all sorts of pills, and later she had problems with alcohol. I don't think about it every day, and it doesn't affect my life anymore. In the past, I was looking for reasons and wanted answers for why this had happened to me, but I have made the effort to try to live on, leaving everything bad in the past." (jauns.lv, 22 Aug 2017)
LATVIA TO GERMANY
She was born in Latvia, but moved to Germany in 2010 with her former partner, who had been offered a contract to play for a German wheelchair basketball club. She took part in training sessions for fun before being offered a contract to also play for the club. "I'm proud to be Latvian. I have had offers to change my citizenship, but I have always refused because my heart will be always in Latvia." (fronte.lv, 01 Oct 2018; skaties.lv, 10 Feb 2017)
|Women's Shot Put F55||Final 1||2015-10-25||4|
|Women's Discus Throw F55||Final 1||2015-10-28||11|
|Women's Javelin F56||Final 1||2015-10-29||7|
|Women's Javelin F56||Final Round||2016-09-10||1|
|Women's Discus Throw F55||Final Round||2016-09-17||3|
|Women's Shot Put F55||Final 1||2017-07-15||1|
|Women's Javelin F56||Final 1||2017-07-17||1|
|Women's Discus Throw F55||Final 1||2017-07-21||1|