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VOGEL Martin
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Germany   
GenderMen
Age47
Place of BirthSão Paulo, BRA
Height1.91 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
D
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Teacher
Languages
English, German
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He was recruited to sitting volleyball after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Why this sport?
He had previously played for the Germany Para standing volleyball team. After the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was approached by [then] national sitting volleyball coach Rudi Sonnenbichler to take up the sport.
Club / Team
Anpfiff-Hoffenheim: Germany
Name of coach
Michael Merten [national], GER
General Interest
Nicknames
Birdie (team-rio-mrn.de, Sep 2016)
Hobbies
Climbing, travelling, writing. (team-rio-mrn.de, Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In peace lies strength." (Sitting Volleyball Team Germany's Facebook page, 02 Dec 2015)
Other sports
He has played Para standing volleyball and Para beach volleyball at international level. (stuttgarter-nachrichten.de, 24 Dec 2015; dbs-volleyball.de, 29 Apr 2014)
Impairment
He was working as a volunteer in the psychiatric ward of Kreiskrankenhauses in Nurtingen, Germany. In June 1993 he was attending to a patient when he was shot in the back. The bullet lodged in his spine and resulted in incomplete paraplegia. (stuttgarter-nachrichten.de, 24 Dec 2015)
Other information
COACH
He has served as player/coach of German sitting volleyball club Anpfiff-Hoffenheim in Germany. (anpfiff-ins-leben.de, 09 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2018 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 Team  
5 2017 Team