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Vasilina Shestakova

Athletics | Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Russia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010 at age 27 in Pyt-Yakh, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
A local society for people with an impairment was recruiting a team to participate in a tournament featuring a number of Para sports. She was invited and won two medals, so she decided to start training regularly. "I realised that I had strength, so it suited me for sure."
Club / Team
Aikido Real: Russia
Name of coach
Dmitry Simonov [personal], RUS, from 2010

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Russia

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2014 Silver Barbell international tournament in Wroclaw, Poland. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think the most important thing for a person with an impairment is to feel comfortable in society, to be on equal footing with everyone else. This confidence in myself and my strength came to me thanks to the sport." (pyt-yah-online.ru, 03 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 03 Mar 2019)
Impairment
In 2002 she could not open the door to her apartment. She decided to get in through a window outside but after reaching the second floor of the building, she fell and fractured her spine. (pyt-yah-online.ru, 03 Dec 2015)