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Nataliia Butkova

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Volgograd, RUS
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Physical Education, Sport Studies - Volgograd State Academy of Physical Education: Russia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2005 in Volgograd, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
As part of her rehabilitation doctors told her mother to enrol her in swimming classes, together with her sister, who has the same impairment. At age 16 she took part in her first competition and became interested in making further progress in the sport.
Club / Team
Volgograd Regional Centre of Adaptive Sports Development: Russia
Name of coach
Irina Akhmerova [personal], RUS, from 2005

General interest

Hobbies
Darts, shooting, cooking. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2019; vpravda.ru, 23 May 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S5 200m freestyle at the 2015 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation [IWAS] World Games in Sochi, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2019; iwasf.com, 29 Sep 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Irina Akhmerova and her parents. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Yuliya Efimova. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 30 Jul 2020)

In 2019 she was named among the Best Para Athletes of the Year in the Volgograd region of the Russian Federation. (vpravda.ru, 27 Dec 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 17 Aug 2019)
Impairment
She has had a development impairment with her legs since birth. (vpravda.ru, 23 May 2017)