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DUŠKOVÁ Vendula
Sport Para swimming
NPC Czech Republic   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthKarlovy Vary, CZE
Height1.41 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Czech Republic
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Czech, English, Russian
Higher education
Occupational Therapy - University of West Bohemia: Plzen, CZE
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. She started competing at age 10.
Why this sport?
She took up the sport as part of her physical therapy.
Club / Team
SK Kontakt Karlovy Vary: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Stepanka Rehorkova [club]; Jan Simek [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Czech Republic
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO
General Interest
Nicknames
Vendy (rozhlas.cz, 22 Nov 2015; Facebook profile, 16 Dec 2020)
Hobbies
Sport, spending time with her dog. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SB7 100m breaststroke at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (muzes.cz, 01 Nov 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't go to races because I want to win. I want to enjoy it and have fun with people I don't see otherwise. And if I get a good result, it's just the icing on the cake for me." (blesk.cz, 28 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2020 she was named Female Junior Para Athlete of the Year by the Czech Paralympic Committee. (ceskenoviny.cz, 29 Jul 2020)

She received an award for recording one of the 10 most impressive performances of 2018 from the Czech Association of Impaired Athletes [CSTPS]. (blesk.cz, 28 Feb 2019)

She was named the 2018 Junior Swimmer of the Year by CSTPS. (tyden.cz, 28 Feb 2019)

She was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year in the region of Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. (novinky.cz, 11 May 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2021)
Impairment
At age seven months she was diagnosed with a spinal tumour, which resulted in damage to the nerves in her legs. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018; rozhlas.cz, 22 Nov 2015)
Other information
CAREER PLANS
She plans to have a career in occupational therapy. "I study occupational therapy, which is a field that is close to my heart. It simply means that we help people return to life after an accident or illness. For example, I know what life in a wheelchair entails, so that's my handicap and advantage." (sdeleni.idnes.cz, 14 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 400m Freestyle S8 5:20.31
8 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:45.29 
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:15.80
18 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:33.49 
13 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:11.00 
8 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:14.59
6 2021 400m Freestyle S8 5:20.71
7 2021 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:42.69
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:50.42
8 2015 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:19.57
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.84
8 2015 400m Freestyle S8 5:32.79
Heat 2015 100m Backstroke S8 1:35.31
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S8 37.01
3 2017 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:47.23
5 2017 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.57
3 2017 400m Freestyle S8 5:26.55
4 2017 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:18.59
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.11
8 2019 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:46.51
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S8 5:22.77
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:16.37
Heats 2022 400m Freestyle S8  DNS
8 2022 100m Backstroke S8 1:31.41
4 2022 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:42.47
4 2022 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:05.53
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2016 100m Freestyle S8 1:16.08
2 2016 400m Freestyle S8 5:26.57
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:18.95
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:46.88
10 2016 100m Backstroke S8 1:34.26
9 2016 50m Freestyle S8 36.39
5 2018 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:09.09
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:42.57
6 2018 100m Freestyle S8 1:15.16
  2018 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  DSQ
5 2021 400m Freestyle S8 5:21.46
4 2021 100m Breaststroke SB7 1:44.60
8 2021 100m Freestyle S8 1:15.34
6 2021 200m Individual Medley SM8 3:11.56