Lausanne, Oct 23, 2013: The International Table Tennis Federation is excited to announce its first Dream Building Ambassador, Paralympic Champion Natalia PARTYKA of Poland.
The 4 time Paralympian, who competed in both the Paralympics and Olympics at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 stated: “Being an ambassador of ITTF Dream Building is a big honor for me. That’s a great initiative and I am sure that together we can contribute a lot to develop table tennis all over the world. Hope that my past and future achievements will encourage all kids to reach their own goals in sport and also in their life!”
At just 24 years of age, PARTYKA is already a legend in Para Table Tennis. She is the youngest ever Paralympian, playing at Sydney 2000 at just 11 years of age, made history in 2008 by becoming only the 2nd Paralympian to compete in the Olympic games, played at 4 Paralympics and 2 Olympics, and has 3 Paralympic gold medals to her name.
ITTF’s President Adham SHARARA stated: “The ITTF is very privileged to have someone with Natalia’s unmatched achievements come on board as ITTF’s Dream Building Ambassador. I am sure that her star qualities will complement the already successful Dream Building programs and help inspire more children with a physical disability to take up table tennis to enrich their lives.”
Being an ITTF Dream Building Ambassador, PARTYKA will assist in running an ITTF Para table tennis training camp, as well as act as a mentor for young and coming Para table tennis players.
ITTF Dream Building is the Corporate Social Responsibility program of the ITTF which supports the award-winning Development Program, Para Table Tennis, and Junior Table Tennis, using the power of table tennis to change and enrich thousands lives of across the globe. —- ITTF / Photo by Gaël MARZIOU/ITTF