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Natalia Partyka (POL)
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A smiling face, a most gracious and charming young lady but inside, deep inside there is a steely determination to succeed, a will to win; it is that desire combined with a delightful personality that makes Natalia Partyka both a winner and popular with everyone concerned.
She is record breaker, not once but twice.
In 2008 in Beijing, she became the first table tennis player to compete in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Four years later, she has repeated the feat.
At the Olympic Games, she will compete in the Women’s Singles event, where she is the no.31 seed and thus starts her campaign in round two.
The singles events concluded, she will then join forces with compatriots Li Qian and Katarzyna Grzybowska in the Women’s Team event, where Poland occupies to no.11 seeded position.
Matters concluded in the Olympic Games, a short break and then it will back to action in the ExCeL Arena for the Paralympic Games, where she will defend her Women’s Singles Class 10 title and also play in the Women’s Team Class 6-10 competition.
Born on Thursday 27th July 1989, Natalia Partyka made a major impact on the international scene, when in 2004, she won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the European Youth Championships in Budapest, a year that proved very much a watershed in her career.
Soon after her success in the Hungarian capital, she won the Women’s Singles Class 10 gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Athens; then four years later successfully defended the title in Beijing.
The year 2004 was unquestionably a turning point but in the Paralympic world, she had already enjoyed success.
In 2001 in Frankfurt and two years later in Zagreb, she had won the Women’s Singles Class 10 event at the European Championships.
It is a title she has now won no less than six times and has always performed a successful defense. Additionally, she won in Italy in 2005, then in 2007 in Slovenia; once again Italy two years later and then in Croatia in 2011.
Similarly, in 2006 she won the Women’s Singles Class 10 event at World Para Table Tennis Championships in the Swiss city of Montreux in 2006 and completed a successful defense, when the tournament was staged in Gwangju, Korea in 2010.
Not only did she win the Class 10 event on both occasions; she also added the Women’s Singles Standing title.
Success after success and in main stream table tennis after succeeding at the European Youth Championships in 2004, it has been predominantly progress.
In 2006 she made her debut for Poland at the World Championships and she has been present ever since as a member of her country’s Women’s Team; seven consecutive appearance.
Meanwhile, in the same year as her World Championships debut, on the ITTF Junior Circuit she won the Girls’ Singles title in Chile and then the following year in Madeira; whilst more recently at the 2009 World Championships in Stuttgart, alongside Li Qian, Xu Jie, Magdalena Szczerkowska and Katarzyna Grzybowska, she secured the silver medal in the Women’s Team event.
A host of successes and as a result her efforts have been acknowledged in her own country.
In 2008 she was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Resituta (5th Class); it one of Poland’s highest awards and is made to anyone who excels in their field.
It can be education or science, sport or culture, art or economics, social work or defending the country. Also, it can be presented to foreigners.
The Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games await for Natalia Partyka and it was seem she may be hitting form at exactly the right time.
She climbed to no.52 on the Women’s World Rankings in April 2010 but at the end of 2011 in December, she had fallen to no.103; however, when the most recent list was announced, July 2012, it was progress. She was listed at no.68.
Natalia Partyka is moving in the right direction; the eventual destination, the medal podium.
• Paralympic Games 2004: Women’s Singles Class 10 winner
• Paralympic Games 2008: Women’s Singles Class 10 winner
• World Para Table Tennis Championships 2006: Women’s Singles Class 10 winner
• World Para Table Tennis Championships 2006: Women’s Singles Standing winner
• World Para Table Tennis Championships 2010: Women’s Singles Class 10 winner
• World Para Table Tennis Championships 2010: Women’s Singles Standing winner
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