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Paula Novina

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Croatian, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to the water as a baby, at five months old. She signed up to a swimming school in October 2010, and began competing in 2013.
Why this sport?
It was the first sport she tried and she enjoyed being in the water.
Club / Team
PK Natator: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Igor Berislavic [national], CRO; Ivan Johny Perzel

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Croatia

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, reading. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a Croatian national record in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tportal.hr, 26 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Croatian Para swimmer Mihovil Spanja, and her mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Croatian Para swimmer Mihovil Spanja. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In March 2021 she missed the Croatian national championships due to injury. (Plivacki klub Natator Facebook page, 26 Mar 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best project you'll ever work on is you." (Instagram profile, 30 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 and 2019 she was named the Most Successful Female Athlete by the Croatian Para Swimming Federation. (natator.hr, 01 Feb 2020)

She was named the 2014 Sporting Hope by the Croatian Paralympic Committee [HPO]. (natator.hr, 01 Feb 2020)
Milestones
At age 17, she was the youngest athlete to represent Croatia at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (tportal.hr, 26 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 20 May 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (Plivacki klub Natator Facebook page, 02 May 2022)
Impairment
She was born with spastic hemiparesis, which results in the muscles on one side of the body being in a constant state of contraction. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)