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KOROKIDA Dimitra
Sport Para athletics, Para Badminton, Para-Cycling
NPC Greece   
GenderWomen
Age46
Place of BirthAthens, GRE
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53, F53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Khalandrion, GRE
Occupation
Business Owner, Coach
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in Para athletics in 2010 in Athens, Greece, five years after her accident.
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Greece
Location
Turin, ITA
General Interest
Nicknames
Iron Samba (protothema.gr, 14 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the F53 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (dimitrakorokida.gr, 11 Oct 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Athina Chatzistili. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
British handcyclist Karen Darke. (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Earning a medal is not hard, hard and strenuous is the way to get there." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Female Athlete of the Year with an Impairment by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press [PSAT] in Greece. (paralympic.org, 04 Jan 2016)
Other sports
From 1984 to 2005 she competed in taekwondo and represented Greece at European and international competitions. She also competed in Para cycling at the 2014 World Championships in Greenville, SC, United States of America, and in Para badminton at the 2018 European Championships in Rodez, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Mar 2019; Facebook page, 08 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (sport24.gr, 14 Nov 2016)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a motorcycle accident in 2005. (Coach, 07 Jun 2013)
Other information
HIGHER EDUCATION
She has studied Hellenic civilisation at the Hellenic Open University in Athens, Greece. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)

OCCUPATION
In December 2005 she founded the Satza Martial Arts Club in Halandri, Greece. She teaches four different Korean martial art styles, including taekwondo and hapkido. (Facebook profile, 11 Mar 2019; Coach, 07 Jun 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 Shot Put F53 4.28
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 Javelin Throw F52/53 10.36
1 2015 Shot Put F53 4.36
4 2017 Shot Put F53 4.34
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
13 2014 H3 - Time Trial 58:45
12 2014 H3 - Road Race  
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 Shot Put F53/54 4.27
3 2016 Javelin Throw F54 9.53