09 Sep 2012

Natalia Partyka establishing her name in the Table Tennis world

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Another Paralympian to add to the list of inspirational table tennis players is Poland’s Natalia Partyka who is currently into her fourth Paralympic Games and two Olympic games at the young age of 23.

Natalia has stood her place alongside the great Paralympian Oscar Pistorius with her third gold secured and constantly improving. The comparison between her and Oscar Pistorius can be made that they are the only two Olympians to ever compete in the Olympics. This is a fantastic achievement for the two Paralympians. An inspiration to all Paralympians.

Ranked 56th in the world Natalia still thinks it is “important that I am the best player in the Paralympics, but maybe I am more focused on the professional table tennis with the Olympics and playing with able-bodied players” she said.

Natalia’s main goal is to win an Olympic medal and it seems to be the drive for her to train harder because she stated “In Rio, I would like to play again in both, but still I have one dream and I am dreaming about an Olympic medal.”

Background

Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world’s youngest ever Paralympian. Natalia made her mark winning gold at Athens and doing the same again in the Beijing Olympics four years later. Natalia was born without her right forearm and table tennis became her passion.

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