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Maria Tsakona



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Thessaloniki, GRE
Artist, Athlete
English, Greek
Higher education
Architecture - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki: Greece

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Why this sport?
She began swimming as a form of physical therapy.
Club / Team
Spartacus: Athens, GRE
Name of coach
Ioannis Machilis [national, personal]

General interest

Painting, doing tattoos. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S6 50m butterfly at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ioannis Machilis, and her family. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"With hard work and faith we can do everything." (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Female Athlete with International Potential by International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports [IWAS]. (, 01 Jul 2016)
She was dropped on the floor by a doctor shortly after she was born. She broke her spinal cord in the accident. (, 06 Jul 2017)
Other information
She works as a tattoo artist. (Instagram profile, 11 May 2022; Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 Final 1 2017-12-02 6
Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S6 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM6 Final 1 2017-12-07 4
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 4