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LIST Paula
Sport Sitting Volleyball
NPC Netherlands   
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Husband Ed Talman, sons Bram and Kees
Amsterdam, NED
Health Care Professional
Higher education
Medicine - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing sitting volleyball in 2002.
Why this sport?
She had been playing volleyball from childhood. After losing her leg she looked at a number of Para sports, but felt that volleyball was the sport for her, so she decided to try sitting volleyball. Initially she planned to play for just one year, after which she would return to standing volleyball with a prosthesis. However, after that year, she was hooked on sitting volleyball and decided to continue. "It is like an addiction, you cannot get rid of it."
Name of coach
Pim Scherpenzeel [national], NED
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Awards and honours
She was named Best Libero at the 2014 World Championships in Elblag, Poland. (, 03 Jul 2014)
Other sports
Before her accident in 2001, she played able-bodied volleyball at national level. (, 06 Jul 2012)
She was involved in a motorcycle accident in 2001, which resulted in her left leg being amputated the following year. (, 06 Jul 2012;, 21 Aug 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2004 Team  
3 2008 Team  
4 2012 Team  
6 2016 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2017 Team