Wheelchair dance sport - Osipov and Ryzhkova of Russia

Illona Slugovyna

Para dance sport


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
L&F1, SC1, SD1

Further personal information

Kiev, UKR
Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 16 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Why this sport?
She received a phone call from the Berezil dance club in Kiev, Ukraine, who invited her to join the group. She credits the sport for giving her direction after her injury. "From the first training session, I understood that I would learn to live anew."
Club / Team
Berezil Kiev [UKR] / Invasport [UKR]:
Name of coach
Iryna Kotyrlo, UKR; Oleksandr Ivanov, UKR; Svitlana Kryukova, UKR

General interest

Awards and honours
She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Ukraine. (, 28 Dec 2018)

She has received the Pride of the Country award in Ukraine. (, 29 Nov 2012)
At age two she was diagnosed with a spine sarcoma [cancer]. The operation to remove the tumour saved her life but resulted in paraplegia. (, 13 Jul 2012)
Other information
She runs her own business making and selling handmade textile dolls. "When I was learning to draw, I apparently lacked tactile sensations. And at some point I suddenly realised that I couldn't take it anymore, well, I just couldn't look at the paper. But creativity lived inside me! I tried to embroider with ribbons, cross-stitching but it was not what I wanted either. Then I was invited to the Fashionable Doll exhibition. I spent all day there. I was interested in everything, how they make dolls, sew clothes for them, make shoes. I decided that I would definitely take part in the next exhibition." (Instagram profile, 27 Oct 2019;, 16 Feb 2017)


Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Duo Latin Class 2 Final 2013-12-07 8
Mixed Combi Latin Class 1 Final 2013-12-08 1
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 1
Duo Standard Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 2
Malle 2017 World Para Dance Sport World Championships (Malle, Belgium)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Duo Standard Class 1 Final 2017-10-21 1
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 1
Combi Standard Class 1 Final 2017-10-22 2