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Rita Sarai

Para dance sport

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
L&F2

Further personal information

Family
Daughter Nikolett
Languages
Hungarian
Higher education
Education, Teaching - Milton Friedman University: Békés, HUN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para dance sport at a foundation in Hungary.
Why this sport?
She was approached by a foundation in Hungary following her rehabilitation. "A foundation wanted me to join a camp for people with wheelchairs. They called me over the phone, but at the time I considered it an insult. I was annoyed as to why they didn't leave me alone, I wouldn't even go out to my own backyard, let alone go to a camp. The lucky thing was that they didn't give up on me. They were still calling me for the next two weeks. So then I decided to go and see what it was like. The camp was very interesting, something caught me. I met people like me who were in wheelchairs, and they moved on with their life. Later on, the camp leaders called me to join a dance group and thought that I might be interested. By then I was in the mood for everything. Dance was always close to me. When I was a little girl, I had performed in many balls as an opening dancer."

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"The primary purpose [of Para dance sport] is to entertain ourselves, but it has developed into shining some lights for people. Dance is just a tool, it lets people see how happy and humorous we are. I also call ourselves 'Lighthouses', as we give people light and direction for those who suffer a shipwreck in the sea of life." (femcafe.hu, 14 Mar 2016)
Impairment
In 1997 she fell from the attic of her friend's house, which resulted in a fractured spine. "My busy, beautiful and good life ended in February 1997. I fell from an attic straight into the basement. We were in a friend's renovated house, I was climbing a ladder upstairs, and I couldn't see a hole in the floor. I stepped into it. That's it." (femcafe.hu, 14 Mar 2016; gordulotanc.hu, 01 Aug 2015; thepeoplewithdisabilities.wordpress.com, 04 May 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 1999 she was one of the founders of the Rolling Dance Group, a Para dance sport club based in Hungary. "The start was not smooth. An able-bodied dance teacher came for the first lesson, neither he nor we had any idea how to get started. We soon stopped working together. Before my accident, I taught aerobics, jazz ballet and other dances to schoolchildren, so they asked me to be a choreographer. The Rolling Dance Group was formed on 14 May 1999, we are the only national dance group where all of our members are wheelchair users. It is interesting that the dance groups that came after us took the movements from us, feeding on what we have experimented with and developed. We were the pioneers." (femcafe.hu, 14 Mar 2016)

PREVIOUS OCCUPATION
Prior to her accident she worked as a kindergarten teacher and also taught jazz ballet and aerobics at an elementary school in Hungary. (thepeoplewithdisabilities.wordpress.com, 04 May 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Malle 2017 World Para Dance Sport World Championships (Malle, Belgium)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Single Class 2 Final 2017-10-22 20
Women's Single Freestyle Class 2 Final 2017-10-22 19