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Natalia Gavrilyuk

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Voskresensk, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Russian
Higher education
Law - Moscow Academy of Economics and Law: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age seven but stopped training because of an allergy to chlorine. At age 20 she returned to swimming and trained as an amateur until 2005 when she was injured in a car accident. She took up Para swimming in 2006.
Why this sport?
There was a pool close to where she lived so it was a convenient way of helping her rehabilitation.
Name of coach
Sergey Bakharev [personal], RUS

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Russia

General interest

Nicknames
Natasha (luberpan.ru, 21 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Art. (Instagram profile, 14 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB3 50m breaststroke at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 Apr 2021; Athlete, 24 Feb 2020)
Injuries
She had four surgeries on her spine between 2011 and 2012. Doctors believed that she had little chance of competing in sport again, but she returned to Para swimming. (Athlete, 30 Apr 2016; vosgazeta.ru, 06 Mar 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I cannot walk, but there is a lot I can do that ordinary people cannot." (luberpan.ru, 21 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named 2018 Person of the Year in Voskresensk, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2019; lider2004.ru, 01 Mar 2019)

In December 2015 she received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 30 Apr 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in Para cycling and won three medals at the 2018 Russian national championships. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2019; paralymp.ru, 06 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 08 Mar 2021)
Impairment
A car accident in 2005 left her with a spinal cord injury that resulted in losing the use of her legs. (Athlete, 15 Aug 2019)
Other information
CYCLING
In addition to Para swimming, she took up Para cycling in early 2014. She first tried the sport at a track in Moscow, Russian Federation, and believes the two sports complement each other. "As these sports are endurance ones, cycling helps swimming and swimming helps cycling." (vostv.ru, 05 Jun 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 8
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 3
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Heat 1 2
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 5
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2012-08-31 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2012-09-04 5
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2012-09-07 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2013-08-12 11
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2013-08-13 9
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2013-08-15 9999
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2015-07-15 5
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Heat 2 2015-07-15 5
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final 1 2015-07-17 1
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Heat 1 2015-07-17 1
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Heat 1 2015-07-19 7
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final 1 2015-07-19 7