Yelyzaveta Mereshko/ Paralympic swimming/ Ukraine
“My mother took me swimming so that I could improve my health. Then I was invited to take part in children's tournaments, where I become infected with the desire to compete.“ This is how Yelyzaveta Mereshko, a Ukrainian Paralympic swimmer, began her successful sports career. In 2015, she set the world record for the S6 100 metres freestyle event. She won four gold medals and a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. Also, she was named among the six best Ukrainian athletes of 2018. “The recipe for success is 5% talent and 95% hard work“, is her sporting motto.