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Vital Zinger

Para dance sport


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Rishon LeZion, ISR
Athlete, Businessperson, Lawyer, Public Speaker
English, Hebrew, Russian
Higher education
Government Relations, Law - Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya: Israel

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in Para sport at age 12, and took up Para dance sport at age 20.
Why this sport?
She was involved in other Para sports when she was younger, but switched to Para dance sport because she had a passion for music and dance. Towards the end of her military service, the national Para dance sport head coach Yelena Feitlicher invited her to join her dance group. "Since childhood I was totally obsessed with finding new creative ways to express myself, and to challenge my body and abilities. Over the years I've been an active sportswoman in a variety of accessible sports [swimming, tennis etc] but nothing made me happier than Para dance sport."
Club / Team
Beit Halochem Tel Aviv: Israel
Name of coach
Yelena Feitlicher

General interest

Listening to music, sport. (Facebook page, 21 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." (Facebook profile, 19 Nov 2019)
She was diagnosed with cancer at age six months, which damaged her spinal cord. (, 07 May 2007)
Other information
She runs Zinger Shoes, a fashion company in Nof HaGalil, Israel. (Facebook page, 04 Apr 2019)

At age 15 she challenged her school for her rights to an equal education and to make the school wheelchair accessible so she could study in classrooms on the second floor. "I succeeded in forcing my school to obey the law and build an elevator so that I'd have access to the science labs upstairs. This achievement meant the world to me, not only because I was able to study the subject that I wanted alongside my friends, but moreover, because I left an accessible high school for many future students with disabilities that won't have to fight this fight again." (, 20 May 2019;, 26 Apr 2018)

At age 18 she joined the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] and served as a operation officer in a Black Hawk squadron. She completed her military service at age 20. She had successfully pushed to join the IDF after she was initially denied entry due to her impairment. (, 20 May 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships Minsk 2008 (Minsk, Belarus)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Duo Latin 2 Final Ranking 7
2013 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Combi Latin Class 1 Final 2013-12-08 6
2015 IPC Wheelchair Dance Sport World Championships (Rome, Italy)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Single Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 5
Combi Latin Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 7
Combi Freestyle Class 1 Final 2015-11-07 3