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DRAGANOV-CORDAS 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
Student
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."
Training Regime
She trains five times a week.
General Interest
Nicknames
Kaca (YouTube channel, 30 Oct 2019)
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 compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and 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 slipped and 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)
There are no major results available for this athlete.