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Paula Van Zyl

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 11.
Why this sport?
"I started swimming through school and then my younger brother organised a coach for the two of us and I just carried on with swimming as I really enjoy it."
Club / Team
Newcastle Swimming Club : South Africa
Name of coach
Amy Fraser

General interest

Hobbies
Reading, watching YouTube videos, listening to music. (eadp.co.za, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2018 Cerebral Palsy International Sport & Recreation Association [CPISRA] World Games in Sant Cugat, Spain. (eadp.co.za, 01 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (newcastleadvertiser.co.za, 25 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She sustained her impairment in 2013 after falling and hitting her head while playing with her siblings. She fractured her skull in the accident, and in 2014 she learned that the muscle development on the left side of her body had been affected by the fall. (northernkzn.getitonline.co.za, 05 Aug 2017)