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Regular Meeting October 2022

At the first evening meeting with partners in this club year we welcomed Katharina Bauernschmidt, the performance-oriented swimmer who was rendered paraplegic as the result of a routine operation. In her interesting talk she gave a detailed account of how she became a para-canoeist in the kayak and va'a (Canadian) boat classes and highlighted the wide variety of help she experienced along the way. "To get to your goal, you have to try new things and also let go of old things." True to her motto, she fought her way onto the national team with a lot of determination to perform well despite the daily hurdles and has already experienced considerable success. She proudly showed us the bronze medal which she won at the European Championships in Munich a few weeks ago. Her goal from a sporting point of view is the Paralympic Games 2024 in Paris. Versatility is also one of her strengths and she likes to try out new things, recently obtaining her motorbike licence and learning to ride a monoski. Our members and guests showed their respect and appreciation of her considerable achievements in their resounding applause.


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