Success Story- Natalia Partyka:

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Natalia Partyka is a world renowned table table tennis player. The special thing about this player is that she was born without right hand and fore arm and in spite of her personal short coming, she has made a place for herself in international table tennis.

Partyka at the age of 11 years played paralympics and was the youngest player to compete in any sport.

In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.

In 2006, Partyka won three gold medals at the European Paralympic Championships, one gold and two silvers at the International Paralympic Committee’s Table Tennis World Championships for Disabled, and a silver in the team event at the ITTF European Junior Championship. She won two silver medals and one bronze at the 2007 edition of the latter competition.

Also in 2007, Partyka won three gold medals at the European Paralympic Championships, and a bronze at the ITTF World Junior Teams Championships.

In 2004, she won two gold medals at the International Table Tennis Federation’s European Championships for Cadets, which was open to able-bodied competitors. In 2012 she qualified for Olympics for the second time. Anyone would wonder what is special about this? Several players made to Olympics for the second time! Wait a second, special thing about Natalia Partyka was that she was competing with able-bodied Olympians. She was selected for both Olympics and Paralympics events. She hails from Poland and made into the final 32 in the Women’s Single Table Tennis Event.

For her achievements she received Knight’s cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th class) in 2008.


Learnings:
• Nothing can stop us from achieving anything if our Will to achieve it is strong enough.
• Let none of our shortcomings stop us from achieving our dreams.
• Follow your heart, you can reach wherever you want.
• Try to hear the unique inner call which can be heard by oneself alone.


Hats off to Natalia Partyka!!!
Hats off to people like her who are tough fighters in their real lives!!!
Hats off to people like her who move ahead in life with never giving up attitude!!!

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