Month: June 2022

INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAY: Diede de Groot, no.1 women wheelchair tennis player

This week inspiration comes from Diede de Groot, who had a spectacular 2018, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon, US Open and Masters singles titles to become the latest in a long line of women’s wheelchair tennis world No.1s from the Netherlands. The Dutch also joined Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot among the Dutch wheelchair …

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INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAY: Francek Gorazd Tirsek, two times silver medalist

 Franček Gorazd Tiršek is a Slovenian sport shooter who has won three silver medals and one bronze at the Paralympic Games. In 2003 he was involved in a car accident that resulted in tetraplegia. But he didn’t give up and he took up the sport at age 32 at his local shooting club. He took up …

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INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAY: An interview with Dimitrios Giannakopoulos

A journey of recovery, finding hope and ispiration This time Inspirational Wednesday brings you an interview with Dimitrios Giannakopoulos, young Greek, aspiring athlete and a very active person, who’s life got turned upside down after a motorbike accident. Katja Kolenc from Celje Youth Center talked to him about the accident, the long and tenuous recovery …

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INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAY: Ellie Simmonds, a swimmer and the youngest person to be appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Aged just 13 at the time, Ellie Simmonds, who was born with achondroplasia (dwarfism), became the second youngest Paralympian in British history to win a medal of any colour when she competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The fact that she went on to win two gold medals in her first Games and follows …

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INSPIRATIONAL WEDNESDAY: NJEGOŠ MIHAJLOVIĆ, The first athlete with intellectual disabilities to enroll in a University in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Njegoš Mihajlović, athlete leader and Special Olympics medallist has become the first person with intellectual disabilities to enroll in a University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 19-year-old athlete and skier has been accepted into the Faculty of Sports of Pan-European University Apeiron in Banja Luka, where he hopes to learn about Sports Science in order …

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