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PELENDRITOU Karolina
Sport Para swimming
NPC Cyprus   
GenderFemale
Age32
Place of BirthLimassol, CYP
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Athens, GRE
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Greek
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age eight in Limassol, Cyprus.
Why this sport?
She loved being in the water.
Name of coach
Stelios Kakavogiannis [national], GRE
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Cyprus
Location
Buenos Aires, ARG
General Interest
Nicknames
Princess of the Pool (parikiaki.com, 25 Aug 2013)
Hobbies
Fashion. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Sport psychologist Marya Psychountaki. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US pole vaulter Sandi Morris. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Injuries
In February 2016 she was hospitalised due to her suffering from bronchitis, pneumonia and a respiratory virus. (Facebook profile, 14 Sep 2016)

After competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she underwent a series of surgeries. (incyprus.philenews.com, 30 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never give up." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was Cyprus' flag bearer at the opening ceremonies of the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. (paralympic.org, 26 Apr 2016; 29 Aug 2012; myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

She was joint winner of the Outstanding Female Elite Para Athlete award at the 2007 Commonwealth Sports Awards. (sgcs.org.uk, 14 Oct 2009)

In 2005 the Cyprus government created a postage stamp in her honour, making her the first living person from Cyprus to ever have her face on a stamp. (NOC, 01 Sep 2012)
Impairment
She has lost 97% of her central vision. (like.philenews.com, 20 Apr 2016)
Other information
RESIDENCE
She splits her time between Athens, Greece and Limassol, Cyprus. (Facebook page, 26 Mar 2018)

NATIONAL FIRST
By winning a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, she became the first ever Cypriot athlete from any sport to become a Paralympic champion. Following her second gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, she became the first Cypriot athlete to win more than one medal of any colour at the Paralympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 2018; cybc.com.cy, 10 Sep 2012)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She serves as an ambassador for a European Union initiative to fight discrimination and promote youth and sports in Cyprus. (Instagram profile, 15 Jul 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
8 2004 50m Freestyle S13 30.29
8 2004 100m Freestyle S13 1:07.00
  2004 100m Backstroke S13  DSQ
1 2004 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:17.32
5 2008 50m Freestyle S12 28.72
1 2008 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:17.58
3 2008 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:35.30
2 2012 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:16.38
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:17.22 
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 50m Freestyle S13 30.57
2 2002 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:20.31
  2002 200m Individual Medley SM13  DSQ
4 2006 50m Freestyle S12 29.87
4 2006 100m Backstroke S12 1:20.32
  2006 100m Breaststroke SB12  DSQ
4 2006 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:41.01
1 2010 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:18.36
1 2013 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:16.10
1 2015 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:17.99
1 2017 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:18.01
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2006 50m Multi Disability Freestyle 30.54
Heats 2006 100m Multi Disability Freestyle  DNS
World Championships Short Course - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:14.38
2 2009 100m Individual Medley SM12 1:09.77
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:16.63
3 2016 100m Breaststroke SB13 1:18.60
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:16.98
5 2018 50m Freestyle S12 29.51