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Irina Gordeeva

Para dance sport
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SC2

Further personal information

Residence
Moscow, RUS
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Sports Management - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training in 1990 after first discovering the sport on a trip to Belarus.
Why this sport?
She tried it when she went to Belarus to participate in a programme for people with impairments, and enjoyed it right away. "I wanted to participate in dance as a sport, to compete, perform in beautiful dresses in front of spectators. Having tried dance [before her accident], I understood at once that this was for me."
Club / Team
Duet: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Irina Volkova [personal], RUS

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"The main thing is not to cultivate pity in yourself, but go and do something." (mk.ru, 23 Dec 2013)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 28 Dec 2018)
Impairment
At age 16 she injured her spine in a car accident. (mk.ru, 23 Dec 2013)
Other information
PIONEERING DANCER
After she discovered the sport on a visit to Belarus, she intended to continue to train in Moscow, Russian Federation, where she lived. But there was nowhere to practice in Moscow. "My desire was so strong that I began to practice the sport by myself. One step at a time I put together a group of wheelchair dancers." She serves as the president of the Moscow Federation of Para Dance Sport and head of Duet Para Dance Sport Club in Moscow. (vm.ru, 14 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 09 Sep 2019; dancesport.ru, 01 Oct 2013; mn.ru, 29 Nov 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships Minsk 2008 (Minsk, Belarus)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Combi Standard 2 Final Ranking 2
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Combi Standard Class 2 Final 2013-12-07 6
Mixed Duo Standard Class 2 Final 2013-12-08 2
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Duo Standard Class 2 Final 2015-11-07 2
Combi Standard Class 2 Final 2015-11-08 6