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ZINGER Vital
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Israel   
GenderWomen
Age32
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Rishon LeZion, ISR
Occupation
Athlete, Businessperson, Lawyer, Public Speaker
Languages
English, Hebrew, Russian
Higher education
Government Relations, Law - Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya: Israel
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She got involved in Para sport at age 12, and took up Para dance sport at age 20.
Why this sport?
She was involved in other Para sports when she was younger, but switched to Para dance sport because she had a passion for music and dance. Towards the end of her military service, the national Para dance sport head coach Yelena Feitlicher invited her to join her dance group. "Since childhood I was totally obsessed with finding new creative ways to express myself, and to challenge my body and abilities. Over the years I've been an active sportswoman in a variety of accessible sports [swimming, tennis etc] but nothing made me happier than Para dance sport."
Club / Team
Beit Halochem Tel Aviv: Israel
Name of coach
Yelena Feitlicher
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, sport. (Facebook page, 21 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best way to predict your future is to create it." (Facebook profile, 19 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cancer at age six months, which damaged her spinal cord. (aisrael.org, 07 May 2007)
Other information
BUSINESS OWNER
She runs Zinger Shoes, a fashion company in Nof HaGalil, Israel. (Facebook page, 04 Apr 2019)

CAMPAIGNER
At age 15 she challenged her school for her rights to an equal education and to make the school wheelchair accessible so she could study in classrooms on the second floor. "I succeeded in forcing my school to obey the law and build an elevator so that I'd have access to the science labs upstairs. This achievement meant the world to me, not only because I was able to study the subject that I wanted alongside my friends, but moreover, because I left an accessible high school for many future students with disabilities that won't have to fight this fight again." (vitalzinger.com, 20 May 2019; israelbetweenthelines.com, 26 Apr 2018)

MILITARY SERVICE
At age 18 she joined the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] and served as a operation officer in a Black Hawk squadron. She completed her military service at age 20. She had successfully pushed to join the IDF after she was initially denied entry due to her impairment. (vitalzinger.com, 20 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2008 Latin - Duo LWD2  
4 2010 Latin - Combi LWD1  
7 2015 C1/5D Combi Latin  
5 2015 C1 Single  
3 2015 C1/5D Combi Freestyle  
7 2019 C1/5D Combi Latin  
10 2019 C1 Single  
5 2019 C1/5D Combi Freestyle 20.241