Of the four medals which were won at the time at those Paralympic Games, Milka won two. In 1988 Milka won a gold medal in the shot put and set the new paralympic record. From 1993 to 2000 Milka took part at the Paralympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney and participated in all major European and World championships. In 1998 she received the national sports award “Franjo Bučar” and in 2001 an award for best athlete of the Croatian Sports Alliance of Disabled Athletes. In 2009 Milka Milinković became the president of the newly established Rijeka Sports Association for Persons with Disabilities, and to this day she’s volunteering as the sports practicing promotion leader among people with disabilities, primarily for the area of the city of Rijeka and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.
In her long lasting sports career she won 153 medals, of which 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze at the Paralympic Games, plus 16 gold, 6 silver and 7 bronze at European and World Championships. Giving personal example, she makes positive impact on all the athletes in our association and encourages us to commit to the work. From the personal experience Milka emphasizes the usefulness of practicing sports – it helped her physically and psychologically master overcoming regular obligations and obstacles in her life. Her results stand as a guideline and a challenge to all of us in association, and she motivates us to work harder.
Milka’s life motto was: “As long as I can laugh, I’m happy!“
Miroslav is a member of the national athletics selection since 1998, and to date has competed at the Paralympic Games in Athens, Beijing and London. Since his first international competition in 1998, Miroslav continuously participates at all European and World Championships, where he won more than 90 medals. His favorite medals are golds from European and World Championships. Miroslav recommends to all persons with disabilities practicing sports to help them realize how small their disability really is.
His favorite medals are gold from 2007 World Championship in Suhl, Germany, with which he also set the world record, and the bronze from 2010 World Championship in Zagreb, Croatia. As a European and World Championships medalist, he lacks the Paralympics medal, winning of which became his new life mission. Rudi likes to point out that the most wonderful feeling is to be the best at what you do, and his motto is: “Success occurs when readiness and opportunity meet!“
In his spare time he swims recreationally, and likes to enjoy a good movie or music.