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Gabriel Copola

"It's a sport you can practice no matter your physical limitations. We all can play table tennis."

My sport

My sport

The sport in my life has an extremely important meaning. All my life is related to sports, not only for practicing it but for being a physical education teacher. The sport gave me the possibility to compete, enjoy and interact with other people with or without disability. It also gave me the possibility to travel around the world. Table tennis for me is a big responsibility and I dedicate a lot of time for it. Other things that gave me the sport is to have a better quality of life because in training I can maintain and improve my body and my mind. The benefits are unbeatable, being an athlete is a way of life.

Another dream fulfilled

Another dream fulfilled

I was born on January 20, 1984 in a town called Ituzaingo, 40 km from Buenos Aires. At 11 years old I went to ride a bicycle, and doing a bad maneuver I fell off the bicycle, breaking my spine in the 4th dorsal vertebrae, an injury that doesn't allow me to walk. Only a few years after, at 14, I started with the practice of table tennis.

My dream was always to be a physical education teacher, and once I finished high school I enrolled in a public university and graduated in physical education. I'm currently a professor in this same institution and in two more universities.

In addition, the practice of table tennis didn't stop, by the contrary, it's been one of my major motivations. I've won since 2011, 4 of the last 5 Pan-American disputed and classified to my 3rd consecutive Paralympics.

Gabriel Copola's Road To Glory

2019

Lima Parapan American Games

Doubles - Bronze

Singles - Gold

2018

Copa Tango XVI (Buenos Aires, ARG)

Doubles - Gold

Singles - Gold

2017

Copa Tango XV (Buenos Aires, ARG)

Doubles - Silver

Singles - Silver

2016

Copa Tango XIV (Buenos Aires, ARG)

Doubles - Gold

Singles - Gold

2015

Toronto Parapan American Games

Singles - Bronze Medal
Doubles - Silver Medal

2015

Open Slovakia

Singles - Bronze Medal

2014

Para South American (Santiago de Chile)

Singles - Gold Medal
Doubles - Gold Medal

2014

Open Slovakia

Singles - Bronze Medal

2013

Slovakia Open

Singles - Gold Medal
Doubles - Bronze Medal

2013

Parapan American Games (Costa Rica)

Singles - Gold Medal

2013

German Open

Singles - Bronze Medal

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