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NOVINA Paula
Sport Para swimming
NPC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Age16
Place of BirthZagreb, CRO
Height1.62 m
Weight 58 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She was introduced to the water as a baby, and signed up to a swimming school in October 2010. She began competing in 2013.
Why this sport?
It was the first sport she tried and she enjoyed being in the water.
Club / Team
PK Natator Zagreb: Croatia
Name of coach
Ferdinand Major [club], CRO; Slobodan Glavcic [national], CRO
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Croatia
General Interest
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, reading. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fifth in the SB8 100m breaststroke event at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Croatian Para swimmer Mihovil Spanja, her mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Croatian Para swimmer Mihovil Spanja. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best project you'll ever work on is you." (Instagram profile, 30 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (PK Natator YouTube channel, 11 May 2017)
Impairment
She was born with spastic hemiparesis, which results in the muscles on one side of the body being in a constant state of contraction. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:37.83
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:44.37