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SHESTAKOVA Vasilina
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age37
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Russia
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010 at age 27 in Pyt-Yakh, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
A local society for people with an impairment was recruiting a team to participate in a tournament featuring a number of Para sports. She was invited and won two medals, so she decided to start training regularly. "I realised that I had strength, so it suited me for sure."
Club / Team
Aikido Real: Russia
Name of coach
Dmitry Simonov [personal], RUS, from 2010
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Russia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2014 Silver Barbell international tournament in Wroclaw, Poland. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her coach. (Athlete, 17 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I think the most important thing for a person with an impairment is to feel comfortable in society, to be on equal footing with everyone else. This confidence in myself and my strength came to me thanks to the sport." (pyt-yah-online.ru, 03 Dec 2015)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (paralymp.ru, 03 Mar 2019)
Impairment
In 2002 she could not open the door to her apartment. She decided to get in through a window outside but after reaching the second floor of the building, she fell and fractured her spine. (pyt-yah-online.ru, 03 Dec 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 +86kg 125.0
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 +86kg 117