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Paralympians with a (limb) difference, Part 2

Posted on Thursday 23rd August, 2012

Here's our second set of five Paralympians with a limb difference.  Sone you may know, some may be new to you but all have worked tirelessly to achieve their places and represent their country. 

kevinKevin Paul
Team: South Africa
Sport: Swimming

Born with no pectoral muscles in the left side of his chest as a result of Poland Syndrome, Kevin's left arm is slightly shorter than his right and he has adapted his stroke to swim predominately with his shoulder muscles.  He swims in the S10 disability category for freestyle, backstroke and butterfly and the SB9 category for breastroke. 



hollieHollie Arnold
Team: GB
Sport: Javelin

At age 14, Hollie made her Paralympic debut in Beijing where she also represented Great Britain for the first time.  Born missing a forearm, she feels her greatest achievement to date was winning bronze in the F46 Javelin at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. 

She was awarded a BTEC in Level 1 Sport in 2011 from Ystrad Manach College. 



nataliaNatalia Partyka
Team: Poland
Sport: Table Tennis

Polish table tennis player Natalia Partyka is one of only two athletes - the other bing Oscar Pistorius - to take part in both the 2012 Olympics and paralympics.  She believes her Olympic experience, there she reached the third round, will help her when she takes part at the London Paralympics. 
23 year old Natalia, who is missing a forearm, has represented Poland three times before at the Paralympics and won Paralympic individual gold and team silver in Beijing. 




XaviXavi Torres
Team: Spain
Sport: Swimming

Paralympic swimmer Xavi Torres, is competing in his sixth Paralympics, having won sixteen previous medals. 
The 37 year old Mallorcan amputee currently holds four world swimming records in four different categories. 






mattMatt Stutzman
Team USA
Sport: Archery

Dubbed the armless archer, Matt was born in Iowa without arms and practices archers with his feet. 
He says, "My goal is to be the best archer in the world.  For a man without arms that may seem unlikely, but, indeed, where this is a will, there is a way and one thing I was definitely NOT born without was a will."
In autumn 2011, Matt broke the world record for the longest accurate archery shot ever, hitting a target 230 yards away. 


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