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We caught this interview on One Plus One and found more reasons to be aced by Daniela Di Toro.
7 Jun 2016 - 11:30 AM  UPDATED 7 Jun 2016 - 11:30 AM

1. At 41, she's still a 13-year-old punk 

She told One Plus One that within two months of leaving the hospital after the accident which left her a paraplegic, she was back playing tennis.  

"I was a total 13-year-old punk who just thought I can do it all."

"I knew I was relatively technically sound, so being in a wheelchair I just thought that should be easy," she laughs.

She's still a punk - check out those dreads!  

2. She sucked at her new sport - but of course mastered it 

Her inner 13-year-old punk attitude is probably what saw her turn to the table after she stopped playing tennis due to a burn she suffered a few years ago.  

She fell into the right crowd - her local table tennis club just happened to be where one of the Paralympic teams trained. 

"They just welcomed me with open arms. It's so different to tennis but it's a nice challenge, it's got me out of a lot of comfort zones." 

In one of her first international tournaments, she kinda sucked, losing about a dozen matches in a row.

"That was pretty brutal," she said.

But Di Toro being Di Toro, she brushed herself off and of course mastered the game to the point of Paralympic selection at Rio. 

"It's important to not buy too much into the win-loss situation, but to get the bigger picture which is I'm learning a new craft and give yourself time to do that." 

3. Rio's her 6th Paralympic Games

Rio will be Di Toro's 6th Paralympic Games appearance - a good choice for co-captain of the Australian Paralympic team with Kurt Fearnley.  

No doubt in this leadership role, she'll pass on to others valuable lessons on positivity and playing for fun. 

4. A satisfied mind 

"I have the best life. I'm so grateful for the life I have.

"Every single bit of it has enriched me in every single way, even the really tough stuff."

It's this attitude she aims to pass on to others. 

5. Did we mention the bling - her trophy cabinet runneth over

11 Australian Open titles, 2 US Open titles, 2 French Open titles, along with a silver and bronze medal from the Sydney and Athens Paralympics.

Expect to see some kind of reward from table tennis in there soon too!