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VOLIK Larisa
Sport Para athletics, Para Canoe Sprint
NPC Russia   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthKrasnodar, URS
Height1.73 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Further Personal Information
Residence
Krasnodar, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Trade - Miscellaneous - Russian State University of Trade and Economics: Krasnodar, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training in para-canoe sprint in 2013 in Krasnodar, Russia.
Why this sport?
She decided to begin training simultaneously in para-canoe sprint and para-athletics. After breaking her hand at training, she had to give up athletics and focused on para-canoe for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Club / Team
Kuban Physical Culture Sport Club for the Disabled: Krasnodar, RUS
Name of coach
Alexey Arzamastsev, RUS, from 2013; Mikhail Burmantov, RUS, from 2006
Training Regime
She trains six days per week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Szeged, HUN
General Interest
Nicknames
Lara (kp.ru, 30 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Going to the theatre. (kubnews.ru, 09 Nov 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in javelin at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and silver in para-canoe sprint at the 2014 World Championships in Moscow, Russia. (Athlete, 25 Dec 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 24 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is one of the best ways to find yourself in this life, to make friends, live interestingly, and also have financially stability." (ngkub.ru, 22 Oct 2012)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in Russia. (Athlete, 25 Dec 2015)

In March 2014 she took part in the 2014 Paralympic torch relay, lighting the Paralympic cauldron in Krasnodar, Russia alongside the city's mayor Vladimir Evlanov. (torchrelay.sochi2014.com, 05 Mar 2014)
Famous relatives
Her father was an international hammer thrower, while her mother competed in the long jump for Russia. Her sister Valeria won the pole vault at the 2006 World Junior Championships, and her brother Gleb has competed in hammer throw. (ngkub.ru, 22 Oct 2012)
Impairment
Doctors diagnosed a tumour on her spine at age nine. Her parents were told she might not live, but she underwent a successful operation on her back to have the tumour removed. Her mobility was affected as a result of the surgery. (ngkub.ru, 22 Oct 2012; smartnews.ru, 18 Sep 2012; kp.ru, 30 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2012 Discus Throw F57/58 25.07
3 2012 Javelin Throw F57/58 21.95
6 2012 Shot Put F57-58 10.05
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 Javelin Throw F57/58 22.22
  2013 Discus Throw F57/58  DNS
World Championships - Para Canoe Sprint
Rank Year Event Result
12 2016 Kayak single KL3 200m 55.310
2 2016 Canoe single VL3 200m 1:01.544
1 2017 Canoe single VL3 200m 59.341
9 2017 Kayak single KL3 200m 55.322
1 2018 Canoe single VL3 200m 1:06.262
11 2018 Kayak single KL3 200m 58.644