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PEZARO Inbal
Sport Para swimming
NPC Israel   
GenderWomen
Age35
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Nazerat, ISR
Languages
Hebrew, English
Higher education
Biochemistry - Technion-Israel Institute of Technology: Haifa, ISR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five at the Ilan Sport Center club in Haifa, Israel.
Why this sport?
The sport was part of her rehabilitation.
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Israel
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Stockholm, SWE
General Interest
Nicknames
Buli (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Skiing. (jpost.com, 04 Apr 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have had a lot of crisis moments and question marks as I progressed in my career. There were a lot of barriers I encountered, and I had to ask myself lots of questions, like why do I do what I do? What do I enjoy? And how can I learn to enjoy hard work? These crises only strengthened my motivation to keep going, because I understood what I wanted to achieve and what my goal was. I can say that today I am very focused and know that I am doing what I do for the right reasons. I'm capable of setting a goal and reaching it. It sounds elemental, but for a dream to be realised I should at least know that I did everything I could to succeed. The worst thing that could happen is for me to know what I want but not to try. It is totally up to me." (haimbaemek.co.il, 20 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named Israeli Sports Personality of the Year in 2008 by the Jerusalem Post newspaper. (jpost.com, 22 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a spinal condition that affects the use of her legs. (infolive.tv, 09 Aug 2008)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She announced her retirement from competitive swimming in July 2020. "Swimming was my life, in the water I felt I could fly, the harder it was the more I loved it. There was always a direct relationship between what I gave of myself and what I achieved. It is no longer so. I can no longer be the athlete I set for myself to be." (davar1.co.il, 07 Jul 2020)

GROWING UP ON A KIBBUTZ
She has fond memories of growing up on a kibbutz, a self-sufficient commune, which helped her adapt to her impairment. "My childhood on the kibbutz was amazing. We were 12 children, six boys and six girls, and because we grew up together the other kids saw my disability as nothing unusual. Like siblings, we were a very cohesive group. I never had social problems on the kibbutz. I was treated just like the other children and I did everything like everyone else. [But] spending time with other children with disabilities, who were no different from me, also helped me to cope and gave me an environment to flourish in." (haimbaemek.co.il, 20 Aug 2019)

FURTHER STUDIES
In 2019 she was studying a postgraduate qualification in psychology and business administration at the Interdisciplinary Centre in Herzliya, Israel. (haimbaemek.co.il, 20 Aug 2019; jpost.com, 04 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 50m Freestyle S5 40.71
4 2004 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.59
3 2004 200m Freestyle S5 2:58.74
2 2004 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.07
4 2008 50m Freestyle S5 38.69
2 2008 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.57
2 2008 200m Freestyle S5 2:49.51
2 2008 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:57.75
3 2012 50m Freestyle S5 37.89
3 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:56.11
4 2012 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:56.73
3 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:22.56
5 2016 200m Freestyle S5 3:03.29
7 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
6 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:01.02
6 2016 50m Freestyle S5 39.73 
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:38.20
5 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.04 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2002 50m Freestyle S5 44.35
5 2002 100m Freestyle S5 1:32.46
5 2002 50m Backstroke S5 50.58
1 2002 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:06.07
4 2006 50m Freestyle S5 40.65
2 2006 100m Freestyle S5 1:26.46
2 2006 200m Freestyle S5 3:01.68
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:59.27
2 2010 200m Freestyle S5 2:54.14
2 2010 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:57.84
1 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.41
2 2013 200m Freestyle S5 2:56.29
4 2013 100m Freestyle S5 1:25.70
4 2013 50m Freestyle S5 39.78
Heats 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  
2 2015 200m Freestyle S5 2:57.18
3 2015 50m Freestyle S5 40.17
2 2015 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:36.23
4 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.84
3 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:26.46
3 2017 50m Freestyle S5 39.31
4 2017 200m Freestyle S5 3:04.72
4 2019 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.79
4 2019 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:39.37
7 2019 100m Freestyle S5 1:25.33
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.66
2 2014 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.84
2 2014 50m Freestyle S5 39.68
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:39.27
3 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:59.85
7 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:03.56
3 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.73
6 2016 50m Freestyle S5 42.50
1 2018 200m Freestyle S5 2:54.91
3 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:25.21