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PADURARU Maya Elena
Sport Para snowboard
NPC Romania   
GenderWomen
Place of BirthIasi, ROU
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SB-LL2, SB-UL
Further Personal Information
Residence
Iasi, ROU
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Romanian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried snowboarding in 2019.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up the sport by fellow Romanian Para snowboarder Mihaita Parpara. "It was great. I was a bit scared. I feel free, and feel like I can do what I want and be relaxed. At first when I didn't do sports I would feel insecure about my disability because I thought I was different from the other kids. After that I realised I could do more. Sport can help me so much."
Name of coach
Dan Marcu, ROU; Cristian Piciorea, ROU
General Interest
Hobbies
Rollerblading, reading, cycling, swimming. (matricea.ro, 27 Sep 2021; life.ro, 22 Feb 2021; stirileprotv.ro, 27 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Put your fears aside and start playing sports because there is no excuse." (life.ro, 22 Feb 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2026 Paralympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (life.ro, 22 Feb 2021)
Impairment
In 2016 she spent nine months in hospital due to cancer, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg below the knee. (stirileprotv.ro, 27 Oct 2020; Facebook profile, 02 Sep 2020)
Other information
HOSPITAL FRIENDSHIP
She shares a close friendship with fellow Romanian Para snowboarder Gabriela Badicu. The pair met in hospital, where they were both receiving treatment for cancer. "I met Gabi five years ago [speaking in 2021], in the orthopaedics department at Marie Curie Hospital [in Bucharest, Romania]. We were close in age, we had the same oncological diagnosis, we both went through amputation, we got along very well, our mothers as well. I know I was in the hospital, I was under treatment, I felt bad and she felt bad. She came to bed next to me and told me that if I needed anything or to talk to anyone, any advice or encouragement, I could come to her at any time. That's how our friendship was formed. Gabi was like a second older sister." (dariuesteviata.ro, 21 Jun 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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