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Vendula Duskova

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Czech Republic
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English, Russian
Higher education
Occupational Therapy - University of West Bohemia: Plzen, CZE

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. She started competing at age 10.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as part of her physical therapy.
Club / Team
SK Kontakt Karlovy Vary: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Stepanka Rehorkova [club]; Jan Simek [national]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Czech Republic
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO

General interest

Nicknames
Vendy (rozhlas.cz, 22 Nov 2015; Facebook profile, 16 Dec 2020)
Hobbies
Sport, spending time with her dog. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SB7 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (muzes.cz, 01 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't go to races because I want to win. I want to enjoy it and have fun with people I don't see otherwise. And if I get a good result, it's just the icing on the cake for me." (blesk.cz, 28 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was named Female Junior Para Athlete of the Year by the Czech Paralympic Committee. (ceskenoviny.cz, 29 Jul 2020)

She received an award for recording one of the 10 most impressive performances of 2018 from the Czech Association of Impaired Athletes [CSTPS]. (blesk.cz, 28 Feb 2019)

She was named the 2018 Junior Swimmer of the Year by CSTPS. (tyden.cz, 28 Feb 2019)

She was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year in the region of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. (novinky.cz, 11 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Impairment
At age seven months she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour, which resulted in damage to the nerves in her legs. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018; rozhlas.cz, 22 Nov 2015)
Other information
CAREER PLANS
She plans to have a career in occupational therapy. "I study occupational therapy, which is a field that is close to my heart. It simply means that we help people return to life after an accident or illness. For example, I know what life in a wheelchair entails, so that's my handicap and advantage." (sdeleni.idnes.cz, 14 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2015-07-14 6
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2015-07-15 8
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2015-07-15 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-16 10
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2015-07-17 8
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-17 8
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2015-07-18 10
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-19 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-08 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2016-09-10 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2016-09-10 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-11 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2016-09-13 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2016-09-17 6
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2017-12-03 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2017-12-07 4