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Vladyslava Kravchenko



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

English, French, Maltese, Russian, Ukrainian

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"Swimming at first was part of my rehabilitation process and helped me get stronger after a number of operations. In the water I felt free and strong again and loved it so much that I decided to take it up professionally."
Name of coach
Gareth McNarry
Training Regime
Ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo she trained in Loughborough, England.

General interest

Vlady (, 29 Apr 2021)
Reading books. (, 21 Jan 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 21 Jan 2020)
Hero / Idol
US Para swimmers Jessica Long and Mallory Weggemann. (, 21 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Don't take no for an answer if you really believe in something and want to achieve it." (, 21 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2017 she was awarded the Queen's Young Leaders Award in recognition of her work to promote Para sports. (, 21 Jan 2020)

She was Malta's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Sep 2016)

She was named the 2013 Para Athlete of the Year by the Maltese Sports Journalists Association. (, 02 Feb 2014)
She was hit by scaffolding after it collapsed on top of her at a party in Qawra, Malta. The accident, which happened in 2008, resulted in paraplegia. (, 16 Jul 2009;, 19 Jun 2009)
Other information
In 2015 she was named as a youth ambassador for the European Paralympic Committee [EPC]. In 2018 she started to serve as chairperson of the Athletes' Council of the Malta Paralympic Committee. (, 07 Jun 2015; LinkedIn, 2020)

Born in Ukraine, she moved to Malta at age nine with her mother. (, 17 Jul 2009)


Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2015-07-13 11
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2015-07-16 12
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 9
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2016-09-11 7
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2016-09-16 6