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DRAGANOV Katarina
Sport Para swimming
NPC Serbia   
GenderWomen
Age26
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Enns, AUT
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German, Serbian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four in Zrenjanin, Serbia. She first tried Para swimming in 2016.
Why this sport?
She insisted on making swimming a part of her rehabilitation following her accident. "I realised how much I missed swimming. Water gives me freedom. I don't need any equipment to swim, so water makes me free."
Club / Team
PK Proleter: Zrenjanin, SRB
Training Regime
She trains five times a week in the pool and also does three sessions per week in the gym.
General Interest
Nicknames
Kaca (YouTube channel, 30 Oct 2019)
Hobbies
Learning Spanish, spending time in nature. (aquaplan.co.rs, 30 Apr 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (aquaplan.co.rs, 30 Apr 2022)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (ilovezrenjanin.com, 29 Feb 2020)
Other sports
She competed in able-bodied swimming before her accident, and represented Serbia at the 2013 European Championships in Herning, Denmark. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 May 2020; YouTube channel, 04 Nov 2019)
Famous relatives
Her older sister Stefanija represented Serbia in swimming at the European junior championships in 2009 and 2010. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 May 2020; YouTube channel, 04 Nov 2019)
Ambitions
To become a psychologist and work with people with an impairment. (ilovezrenjanin.com, 29 Feb 2020; YouTube channel, 30 Oct 2019)
Impairment
In 2015 she hit her head on the bottom of Lake Peskara in Zrenjanin, Serbia. She sustained serious spinal cord injuries and is paralysed from the chest down. (YouTube channel, 30 Oct 2019; ilovezrenjanin.com, 08 Aug 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
9 2021 100m Backstroke S2 3:28.25
9 2021 50m Backstroke S2 1:32.98
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
5 2022 100m Backstroke S2 3:35.90
4 2022 50m Backstroke S2 1:31.76