Tanja Cerkvenik, Para-Olympian, is an attractive 41-year-old, mother of 17-year-old Nika, and an economist, employed at Adriatic Slovenica Insurance Company. Her life turned upside down 14 years ago. She was attending sports games in Poreč with a group of co-workers, when she fell a few metres deep at the hotel and injured her spine. Her daughter was only two and a half years old at the time, but she had to go on living. And Tanja is a real athlete and confident woman, who wants and knows how to learn something good from something bad. After ending her active sports career, her partner gave her a Labrador called Ajša for her birthday. Now, no walk is too much for her. "Lying on the couch is no longer an option," as this sportswoman says with a laugh and recommends being active to everyone.
“When I was at the start of the Wings for Life World Run for the first time and saw all my friends who came to support me, I felt more anxious than at my first Olympics in Beijing. It may sound unbelievable, but this Run is dearer to me than the Paralympics I experienced in Beijing and London.”
“The point is, to get the most out of any situation that occurs to you, no matter how bad the situation is. I always say to myself: the lower you fall, the higher you’ll fly.”
»It is probably true that when you lose something – I lost the ability to walk – your view of life changes completely. I did not become aware of that immediately, but I soon noticed that situations which would have completely unnerved me before my fall, do not irritate me any more. This makes life much easier and more beautiful. See you on 3 May in Ljubljana. Join the Adriatic Slovenica Team."