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SHAVEL Natalia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Belarus   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthNovosibirsk, URS
Height1.53 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Siarhei, son Dzmitry
Other names
Natalia Komova
Residence
Grodno, BLR
Languages
Polish, Russian
Higher education
Physical Education - Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno: Belarus
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began Para swimming in 2000 in Grodno, Belarus.
Why this sport?
Her mother and father were swimming coaches, and they introduced her to the sport when she was in her early years. After the accident, she returned to the sport as doctors told her that she needed to remain active.
Name of coach
Nadzeya Kuzmina [personal, mother], BLR, from 2000
General Interest
Hobbies
Animal protection, volunteering at animal shelters. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals at the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
Soviet swimmer Vladimir Salnikov. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She has received the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Belarus. (athletes.by, 02 Dec 2020; paradefsport.by, 27 Dec 2019)

She was named among the eight best athletes of 2017 in the Grodno region of Belarus. (oblsport.grodno.by, 04 Feb 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para dance sport and finished sixth at the 2003 European Championships in Minsk, Belarus. (oblsport.grodno.by, 21 Feb 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (grodnonews.by, 03 Dec 2020)
Impairment
In 1998 she had a car accident in which she injured her spinal cord, resulting in paraplegia. (vgr.by, 23 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
16 2004 100m Freestyle S6 1:48.71
11 2004 100m Backstroke S6 2:15.41
5 2004 100m Breaststroke SB5 2:06.84
14 2004 50m Butterfly S6 53.46
6 2008 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:57.69
14 2008 50m Butterfly S6 48.72
9 2008 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:40.74
5 2012 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:42.27
5 2012 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.03
4 2012 50m Butterfly S5 46.64
7 2016 50m Butterfly S5 47.55 
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.71
4 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:39.61
8 2016 50m Backstroke S5 50.41 
10 2021 50m Butterfly S5 50.19
7 2021 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:02.58
11 2021 50m Backstroke S5 50.48
5 2021 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:44.30
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 100m Breaststroke SB5 2:01.61
  2006 50m Butterfly S6  DSQ
8 2006 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:40.35
2 2010 50m Butterfly S5 46.39
8 2010 50m Backstroke S5 55.75
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:51.31
4 2010 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:01.92
2 2013 50m Butterfly S5 46.54
3 2013 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.31
3 2013 50m Backstroke S5 50.24
2 2013 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:38.15
6 2015 50m Backstroke S5 51.79
4 2015 50m Butterfly S5 46.88
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.79
4 2015 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:49.33
2 2017 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:01.56
4 2017 50m Butterfly S5 48.71
5 2017 50m Backstroke S5 48.89
3 2017 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:43.71
6 2019 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:03.82
8 2019 50m Butterfly S5 49.78
6 2019 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:44.86
6 2019 50m Backstroke S5  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:01.27
5 2014 50m Butterfly S5 49.70
4 2014 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:53.62
4 2014 50m Backstroke S5 50.99
4 2016 50m Butterfly S5 48.77
5 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:45.15
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:03.20
6 2018 50m Backstroke S5 50.48
4 2018 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:02.37
4 2018 50m Butterfly S5 49.62 
4 2021 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:04.25
5 2021 50m Backstroke S5 49.39
5 2021 50m Butterfly S5 48.97
9 2021 200m Individual Medley SM6 3:47.84