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POLYCHRONIDIS Grigoris
Sport Boccia
NPC Greece   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthBatumi, URS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
BC3
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Katerina Patroni
Residence
Athens, GRE
Occupation
Auditor
Languages
English, Greek, Russian
Higher education
Accounting - Athens University of Economics and Business: Greece
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried the sport in 2001 and began competing the following year.
Why this sport?
In his first year of university he met coach Georgios Tzimas, who introduced him to the sport. "I contacted my former physiotherapist George Tzimas - now my coach - who encouraged me to take up the sport. Initially I did not even know about the existence of boccia. I was thrilled when I first engaged with the sport."
Club / Team
Aetoi: Athens, GRE
Name of coach
Georgios Tzimas [national], GRE
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Greece
General Interest
Nicknames
Greg (Facebook page, 25 Nov 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympicus.gr, 03 Nov 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father Damianos Polychronidis, his godfather Thoma Chabazi and coach Georgios Tzimas. (gregpoly.gr, 12 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In every event I compete for victory." (paralympicus.gr, 03 Nov 2015)
Awards and honours
He was Greece's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)

He and fellow Greek boccia players Nikolaos Pananos and Anna Ntenta were named the 2015 Best Team of the Year with an Impairment by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press [PSAT] in Greece. (paralympic.org, 04 Jan 2016)

In 2004 he was named an Honorary Citizen of Athens by the Greek parliament. (gregpoly.gr, 01 Dec 2011)
Famous relatives
His partner Katerina Patroni has served as his sports assistant at competitions. (paralympic.org, 16 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.gr, 08 Aug 2017)
Impairment
He has spinal muscular atrophy, an impairment that limits muscle development. (gregpoly.gr, 12 Apr 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In August 2017 he was named a member of the Boccia International Sports Federation's [BISFed] competition and rules committee. (bisfed.com, 13 Aug 2017)

FROM GEORGIA TO GREECE
Born in Georgia, he moved to Greece with the rest of his family at age eight. (paralympic.org, 27 Sep 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 Individual - BC3  
2 2008 Individual - BC3  
5 2008 Pairs - BC3  
1 2012 Pairs - BC3  
5 2012 Individual - BC3  
3 2016 Pairs - BC3  
2 2016 Individual - BC3  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2006 Individual - BC3  
5 2010 Individual - BC3  
4 2010 Pairs - BC3  
4 2014 Pairs - BC3  
4 2014 Individual - BC3  
1 2018 Individual - BC3  
1 2018 Pairs - BC3  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 Individual - BC3  
3 2015 Pairs - BC3  
3 2017 Individual - BC3  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2015 Individual - BC3  
4 2015 Individual - BC3  
3 2016 Individual - BC3  
2 2016 Individual - BC3  
World Individual Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 Individual - BC3  
World Open
Rank Year Event Result
9 2017 Pairs - BC3  
1 2017 Individual - BC3