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ZHAO Hong
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Age52
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
MD
Further Personal Information
Family
Three children
Residence
Sneek, NED
Languages
Dutch
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She played able-bodied volleyball at elite level until 1992, before converting to sitting volleyball due to her injuries.
Why this sport?
"My coach wanted me to try it, but I did not see myself as a person with a disability at the time. I played sitting volleyball in Sneek and offered help to the Dutch national team but I never considered it a possibility to play for them. After I spoke to the head coach of the men's team he then put me in contact with the women's team. I had a chance to represent People's Republic of China in the sport but I decided that I'm too old to move back and train five days a week, two times a day as they do."
Name of coach
Pim Scherpenzeel [national]
Training Regime
She trains seven to eight hours a week.
General Interest
Injuries
She had to retire from able-bodied volleyball in 1992 due to a severe cartilage problems in her knees. (volleybal.nl, 17 Mar 2016)
Other sports
She formerly competed for the People's Republic of China in able-bodied volleyball and won a bronze medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. She also played able-bodied volleyball in the Netherlands for VC Sneek, winning the national championship twice. (volleybal.nl, 17 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo (sportfryslan.nl, 2016)
Impairment
As an able-bodied volleyball player she suffered an injury to her left knee, and then developed problems with her right knee due to over-compensation. (volleybal.n, 17 Mar 2016)
Other information
CHINA TO THE NETHERLANDS
In the late 1980s she decided to move from the People's Republic of China to the Netherlands on the advice of the Dutch national volleyball coach at the time. "The Dutch national coach at that time came from China and suggested that I should come to Europe, and in particular to the Netherlands. It was a big culture shock when I moved as I noticed straightaway how different the style of volleyball was being played compared to back home. It was more robotic compared to the flexibility back home." (volleybal.nl, 17 Mar 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 Team