Paola Protopapa

Nordic Skiing | Rowing | Sailing
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Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Family
Partner Daniele Stefanoni, daughter Giulia
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Insurance Officer
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Physical Education - University of Rome: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began rowing in 1983 with CC Roma in Italy.
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Dario Naccari [national], ITA

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, skiing. (Facebook page, 10 Mar 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You win with great determination, and years of training." (superabile.it, 02 Aug 2009)
Other sports
She competed in cross-country skiing at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. She has also represented Italy in para-sailing and finished sixth in the three-person keelboat [sonar] discipline at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Mar 2015; london2012.com, 23 Oct 2012; paralympic.org, 2010)
Impairment
She lost the use of her left elbow after it was injured in an accident in 1987. The condition is called elbow disarticulation. (superabile.it, 02 Aug 2010; sport.sky.it, 03 Mar 2010)