Natalia Partyka will be competing in Table Tennis tonight at 7:30pm (GMT) and it has been stated that this match is amongst the others that should not be missed. Born on the 27th July 1989, the polish table-tennis player has defied all odds, competing with able bodied athletes as well as athletes with disabilities despite the fact that she has had no right hand and forearm since birth.
In 1999, Partyka won her first international table tennis medal at the disabled World Championships. The following year, her Paralympic career begun, as she competed at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. Although, an excellent experience for Natalia Partyka, she won no medals that year. Her luck soon changed in the following Paralympic games of 2004 hosted in Athens as she won a gold medal in the singles table tennis event and a silver medal in the team event. That same year, Partyka won two gold medals at the International Table Tennis Federation European Championships for Cadets.
To the surprise of many, Natalia Partyka competed in both the Olympics and Paralympics of 2008 hosted in Beijing, being one of only two people to do so. These were her 1st Olympic Games and 3rd Paralympic Games and she made Poland proud yet again at the Paralympic Games by winning Gold in class 10, by defeating Fan Lei who represented China. In total, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics thus repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
The Games of London 2012, Partyka competed in the Women’s singles table tennis in the Olympic Games and is also competing in the Paralympic games yet again. There are high hopes for Natalia Partyka; she has a lot of potential to exceed her achievements of the last Olympic Games. Do not miss her match these evening, you never know maybe this time world records will be broken.