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Sobočan Nataša


Sport Swimming
NPC Croatia
Gender Female
Born 30 Nov 1976 in Zagreb
Height 1.72 m
Weight 67 kg

Impairment Information

Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification S7, SB6, SM7
Residence Zagreb, CRO
Occupation Technician
Languages Croatian, English
Sport Specific Information  
When and where did you begin this sport? She started in 1998 aged 22 at a local club.
Why this sport? "To improve my health and to improve general psychological and physical condition."
Club / Team SC Natador: Zagreb, CRO
Name of coach Nenad Veršnik
Coach from what year? 2001

International Debut

Year 1998
Competing for Croatia
Location Bratislava

General Interest

Nicknames Nata, Natali. (IPC, 13 Oct 2009)
Hobbies Photography, flowers, plants. (IPC, 13 Oct 2009, Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement "My performance at the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Most influential person in career Her mother and her sister. (IPC, 13 Oct 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Impossible is nothing." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol South African track and field athlete Oscar Pistorius. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Hero / Idol She had problems with carpal tunnel syndrome at the start of 2011. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
She suffered impingement syndrome in 2010 which she took two months to recover from. (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
She suffered a shoulder injury in 2007. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never give up." (IPC, 13 Oct 2009)
"Believe in yourself." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Ambitions "To succeed in life by doing things that make me happy." (Athlete, 29 Dec 2010)
Other information OCCUPATION-She is the secretary general of the Croatian Swimming Federation for disabled athletes. (Athlete, 04 Apr 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)

Paralympic games: Athens 2004. 11th place 400 m Freestyle S7
14th place 100, Breaststroke SB6
Beijing 2008. 10th place 400m Freestyle S7
10th place 100m Breaststroke SB6
11th place 100m Backstroke S7
World Championships long course
Mar del Plata, Argentina 2002.
7th place 100m Breaststroke SB6
8th place 400m Freestyle S7
Eindhoven, Netherlands 2010. 8th place 100m Backstroke S7
World championships, short course
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil 2009.
8th place 100m Backstroke S7
6th place 100m Breaststroke SB6
IWAS world games
Christchurch, New Zealand 2003.
1th place 400 Freestyle S7
2nd place 100m Breaststroke SB6
2nd place 100 Backstroke S7
3rd place 50m Freestyle S7
3rd place 100m Freestyle S7
Chinese Taipei 2007. 1st place 100m Breaststroke SB6
2nd place 400m Freestyle S7
2nd place 100m Backstroke S7
3rd place 100 m Freestyle S7
European championships
Braunschweig, Germany 1999.
5th place 100m Breaststroke B6
7th place !00m Backstroke S7
Stockholm, Sweeden 2001. 5th place 100m Breaststroke SB6
5th place 400m freestyle S7
6th place 100m mFreestyle S7
7th place 100m Backstroke S7
Reykjavik, Island 2009. 6th place 100m Breaststroke SB6
7th place 100m Backstroke S7