Page back
Sport Para swimming
NPC Serbia   
Place of BirthBelgrade, YUG
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Belgrade, SRB
English, Serbian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para swimming in 2011 at the PK 11 April club in Belgrade, Serbia.
Why this sport?
Her doctors suggested that she use swimming for rehabilitation. "I took up the sport due to scoliosis, as the doctor suggested it. But I didn't like swimming at first. Later, when I began to compete, I fell in love with it."
Club / Team
PK 11 April: Belgrade, SRB
Name of coach
Bojan Pacuca [club], SRB
Training Regime
She trains in the pool twice a day, as well as doing sessions in the gym.
General Interest
Listening to music, singing. (, 08 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in the final of the S9 400m freestyle at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (, 08 Sep 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, and coach Bojan Pacuca. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Serbian swimmer Nadja Higl, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, Serbian long jumper Ivana Spanovic. (, 08 Sep 2020)
In 2018 she sustained a leg injury that sidelined her for almost a year. (, 01 Jan 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No matter how much it hurts, keep trying." (Athlete, 01 Dec 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Jan 2020)
A cancerous tumour resulted in the amputation of her right leg at age three. (Athlete, 14 Aug 2018;, 01 May 2016;, 24 Jul 2015 )
Other information
Music is one of the big passions in her life. "Nothing goes well without music. This is something special for me. I sing when I am sad and when I am happy. There is no rule. Singing calms the soul, especially when it comes to spiritual songs. You feel a special type of peace that cannot be described in words and can only be felt. I have been singing in a church choir since I was a child, and then, to refine my talent, I went to an elementary music school. Unfortunately, in 2019, I stopped because I did not have enough time for everything but maybe one day I will return." (, 08 Sep 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2017 100m Backstroke S9 1:24.01
8 2017 100m Freestyle S9 1:13.70
6 2017 400m Freestyle S9 5:21.68
8 2019 400m Freestyle S9 5:04.69
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:17.14
6 2018 100m Backstroke S9 1:27.42
9 2018 400m Freestyle S9 5:49.22