HANKOVA Helena (SVK) – PVE – International Coach at 21 standing volleyball events, achieving 18 medals. Promoter and developer of standing volleyball. Roles have included Secretary General and Chair of the Slovak Sports Association of the Disabled, Chair of the Slovak Paralympic Committee.



As a professional volleyball player she started to work as a teacher at a high school for people with disabilities in 1970 in Bratislava. She started to teach the students standing volleyball and encourage their passion and love of the sport. They attended many competitions in former Czechoslovakia. Her team became 16-time champions of Czechoslovakia among 16 teams that were playing standing volleyball at that time. Here players were core players when Czechoslovakia’s and Slovakia’s national team were formed.

“My players throughout my career as a coach (1971 to the present) had the greatest influence on me and my development. They were my inspiration and motivation to develop myself as a coach. I always wanted to give them my best knowledge. Among other international coaches I would like to pick up Polish coach Zigmund Gora and German coach Athanasios Papageorgiou.”

Event involvement:

Team Czechoslovakia

1989 Poland – European Championships – 4th place
1990 France – World Championships – Bronze Medal
1991 European Championships – Bronze Medal
1992 Barcelona, Spain – Paralympic Games – Bronze Medal

Team Slovakia

1993 France – European Championships – Bronze Medal
1994 Germany – World Championships – 5th place
1995 Poland – European Championships – Bronze Medal
1996 USA – Paralympic Games – Silver Medal
1997 Canada – World Cup – Bronze Medal
1998 Poland – World Championships – Bronze Medal
1999 Laval, Canada – PanAmerican Open & World Cup – Bronze Medal
2000 Sydney, Australia – Paralympic Games Bronze Medal
2001 Slovakia – World Cup – Gold Medal
2002 Poland – World Championships – Bronze Medal
2003 Greece – World Cup – Gold Medal
2004 Germany – World Championships – Silver Medal
2005 Canada – World Cup Bronze Medal
2006 Roermond, The Netherlands – World Championships – Bronze Medal
2007 Cambodia – World Cup – Silver Medal
2009 Cambodia – World Cup – Silver Medal
2011 Cambodia – World Cup – 4th Place.

Award received:

World ParaVolley Recognition Award (Standing)

Official posts held:

1990 – 2002 – Chairwoman – Slovak Sports Association for the Disabled
2002 – 2007 – Secretary General Slovak Sports Association for the Disabled
1995 – 1999 – Chairwoman Slovak Paralympic Committee
1996 – Chef de Mission Paralympic Games Atlanta