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SOBOCAN Natasa
Sport Para swimming
NPC Croatia   
GenderWomen
Age43
Place of BirthZagreb, YUG
Height1.72 m
Weight 67 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
F56
Further Personal Information
Residence
Zagreb, CRO
Languages
Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 1998 at age 22 at a local club in Croatia.
Why this sport?
She wanted to improve her general psychological and physical condition.
Club / Team
PK Natator: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach
Ferdinand Major [club], CRO; Igor Berislavic [national], CRO
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Croatia
Location
Bratislava
General Interest
Nicknames
Nata, Natali (IPC, 13 Oct 2009)
Most influential person in career
Her mother and her sister. (IPC, 13 Oct 2009)
Injuries
She had problems with carpal tunnel syndrome in 2011. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)

She had impingement syndrome in 2010, which took two months to recover from. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)

She sustained a shoulder injury in 2007. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
She received an award in 2012 from the Croatian Paralympic Committee for her contribution to the development of para-sports in Croatia. (natator.hr, 01 Jan 2016)
Impairment
She had a stroke at in November 1993, which resulted in paraplegia. (in-portal.hr, 18 Oct 2013)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has worked as the secretary general of the Croatian Disabled Swimming Federation. (hpsoi.hr, 03 Oct 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 400m Freestyle S7 7:00.55
11 2004 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:15.18
11 2008 400m Freestyle S7 6:32.66
10 2008 100m Backstroke S7 1:46.48
10 2008 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:04.88
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
14 2002 50m Freestyle S7 44.08
8 2002 400m Freestyle S7 6:53.94
10 2002 100m Backstroke S7 1:53.49
7 2002 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:09.56
11 2006 50m Freestyle S7 42.13
10 2006 100m Freestyle S7 1:29.10
9 2006 400m Freestyle S7 6:41.20
10 2006 100m Backstroke S7 1:45.43
11 2010 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:04.49
8 2010 100m Backstroke S7 1:45.09
14 2010 100m Freestyle S7 1:29.90
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heat 2014 50m Freestyle S7 42.03
6 2014 100m Backstroke S7 1:45.61
8 2014 100m Freestyle S7 1:30.18
4 2014 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:05.13
7 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:47.82
8 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 2:04.49
9 2016 50m Freestyle S7 44.03