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Michal Vapenka

Para Ice Hockey | Sitting Volleyball

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Wife Lucie, sons Michal and Marek, stepdaughter Anna
Residence
Prague, CZE
Occupation
Technician
Languages
Czech, English, Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2004 in Zlin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
His father encouraged him to get involved in Para sport following his accident. "I started trying sports where I could prove what a person can or cannot do with an impairment. It was started by my father, who visited me at the hospital and said that he had a friend who played volleyball without a leg."
Club / Team
HC Sparta Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jakub Novotny [club, national]
Training Regime
He trains for eight hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Goaltender

General interest

Nicknames
Vapno (Facebook profile, 23 Jan 2019)
Hobbies
Spending time with family, sports. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and representing the Czech Republic in sitting volleyball at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Awards and honours
He was named in the 2014/15 CPHL All-Star team in the Czech Republic. (hokej.cz, 08 Mar 2015)

He was flag bearer for the Czech Republic at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)

He was named Best Goaltender at the 2007 European Championships in Italy. (handisport.cz, 25 Feb 2010)
Other sports
He represented the Czech Republic in sitting volleyball at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. He has also played Para floorball at national level. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2018; hokej.cz, 29 Apr 2015)
Famous relatives
His parents both played volleyball for Czechoslovakia at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. (hokej.cz, 29 Apr 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (hokej.cz, 23 Jun 2021)
Impairment
At age 20 he was involved in a car accident that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. (Cesky para hokej YouTube channel, 16 Jun 2021; Athlete, 08 Mar 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked for Meyra, a Czech company that produces wheelchairs and other medical equipment. (Facebook profile, 19 May 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games (Vancouver, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2
Mixed Group A 3
Mixed Classification 5-6 101
Mixed Classification 5-8 201
Mixed Group A 6
Atlanta 1996 Paralympic Games (Atlanta, United States of America)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Standing Volleyball Classification 7-8 102
Men's Standing Volleyball Classification 5-8 201
Men's Standing Volleyball Quarterfinal 301
Men's Standing Volleyball Group B 6
Men's Standing Volleyball Group B 5
Men's Standing Volleyball Group B 3
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2014-03-08 1
Mixed Group A 2014-03-09 3
Mixed Group A - Standings 2014-03-11 3
Mixed Group A 2014-03-11 6
Mixed Classification 5-6 2014-03-12 202
Mixed Classification 5-8 2014-03-14 101
Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games (Pyeongchang, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-11 3
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-12 4
Mixed Tournament Group B 2018-03-13 6
Mixed Tournament Group B - Standings 2018-03-13 3
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-8 2018-03-14 1
Mixed Tournament Classification 5-6 2018-03-16 1