From my earliest childhood, my interests have been in acrobatic sport, dance, theater and artistic expression in all its forms.
I start with gymnastics on apparatus to then be part of the Swiss national framework of diving then of trampoline (Swiss champion) In order to acquire a maximum of capacities for my future profession of circus artist, I do internships in professional schools and trains me daily in all circus disciplines.
After obtaining my baccalaureate and maturity, I continued my training at the National Circus School of Berlin where I obtained my diploma in the specializations "hand balance, contortion and trapeze".
I perform in circuses, amusement parks, cruise ships, gala evenings and theaters across Europe and quickly get noticed by Eric Nock (great circus dynasty from the 17th century to the present day) who becomes my exclusive manager for 8 years.
During my many shows, I meet Didier Dvorak, my future husband, with whom I will form the Robin Street Duo. We perform together under different stage names, including Mini Tell and Taglia Tell or Jungle Joke.
After twenty years of daily training and a successful acrobatic career, I fell off the trapeze, broke my 10th and 11th dorsal vertebrae and found myself paraplegic.
Then begins a life in a wheelchair.
At first, my husband and I had to choose a new profession. With Didier we reconverted ourselves by creating a decoration company for events.
At the same time as my new profession, I keep in close contact with sport by practicing the handbike, handbike. In 2012 I applied for my license and embarked on a competitive career.
I fight in races such as European Cups and World Cups and have some great victories, including the best world time in the marathon in 2013, vice-world champion in 2015 and European champion in 2021
At the end of the 2016 season, after 5 years of elite sport, I decided to temporarily turn away from UCI races.
Disagreements within the framework of the German federation for which I was running push me to turn to more personal and rewarding projects. It was the beginning of alpine ultra-para-cycling with the ascent of 80 legendary passes in the Swiss Alps, the Maritime Alps and the Pyrenees.
The highlight of summer 2019 was Le Tour des Lacs , 1000 km + 30 Swiss lake crossings in para-triathlon mode (handbike, racing wheelchair, swimming and bellyak)
However, at the beginning of 2017 I will resume international races outside the UCI, with an Italian team, while waiting to obtain the authorization to run under the Swiss colors following my naturalization in 2018.
The need to share my experience pushes me to train myself in coaching and to develop my activity as a speaker.
With my husband we are writing a book and let's produce two documentary films of my sporting challenges.
I participate in several development and research operations:
In July 2016, for the first time after 9 years and despite a complete paraplegia, I am standing and walking thanks to my cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne which is developing an exoskeleton new generation, suitable for the first time also for children.
With them I won a 4th place in our first competition, an obstacle course, the Cybathlon, competition for disabled athletes authorized to use bionic assistive technologies. One year later we took 1st place in the Cybathlon Experience, in Düsseldorf, Germany, 2nd place in Cybathlon in 2020 and 1st place in the Global Innovation Challenge in 2021. Development continues and we hope to bring freedom and independence. to a large number of people with reduced mobility.
I engage and actively support structures that defend the rights of people with disabilities, children or animals, among these:
the Morija association (of which I am a godmother)
The association 4every1 (of which I am honorary godmother)
Handicap International Suisse (member of the board of directors since 2017)
The year 2020 is the year of my rebirth!
It is on the strength of my experience and my various sporting achievements that I was able to find a unique technique to balance myself again on the hands, an acrobatic discipline that I practiced before the accident. After 13 years sitting in my wheelchair, I am back on stage as a circus artist!
At the end of the 2021 season, I officially announce my resignation from the Swiss national handbike executive and withdraw from the world of competition to devote myself to my return on stage.
By opening this path I become, it would seem, the first and only Paraplegic Handstand Performer in the world.
A new challenge that I am delighted to face with all my energy and my zest for life.