Summer 1989: I was told that I would be dependent on others, that I would not walk, swim, or drive a car. Year 2023: Visited four continents, more than 10 countries, and traveled 40,000 kilometers. The moral of the story: If you dare to go against the current, it definitely pays off.

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Childhood and Foster Care

Due to a rare genetic defect, I was born without legs and a left arm. Because my family was in a difficult situation, I entered foster care at the age of two with the Debeljak family in Podbrezje. Growing up on a small farm with two brothers and a sister encouraged me to be as independent as possible. As a child, I was always playful, eager to push the limits of what was possible, and my greatest motivation was always the phrase, “You can’t do that.” The shirt I wore in my teenage years with the slogan “Watch me, maybe I’ll do a trick” reflects what I thought about that.

Sport & Success

Stubbornness and the desire to prove myself first led me to sitting volleyball, and then to swimming, where I achieved my greatest success. Being a world champion, European champion, world record holder, and numerous other notable results earned me the title of Para Athlete of the Year in Slovenia twice, but most importantly, recognition which allows me to continue raising public awareness that people with disabilities deserve equal treatment.

Business Career

After ending my sports career in May 2020, I quickly ventured into the world of entrepreneurship. Together with my long-time personal sports therapist, Grega Nahtigal, we co-founded the startup Froomcare, where we developed digital solutions in physiotherapy. At the end of 2023, I withdrew from the company, and now I am continuing my independent business career with motivational appearances and sports management in para-volleyball.
Final Appearances at Major Competitions
World Champion
World records
European Champion
Motivational Speeches
Years od experience
Top 5 speaker 2024
People Addressed Live

Motivational speaker

In companies, I address employees at teambuilding events, where we touch on setting goals, motivation after defeats, and dealing with changes. The central theme is the pursuit of set goals despite external distracting factors. The unified message I want to convey to various groups of people who significantly influence societal development ranges from teachers and principals to managers. They all share one thing in common: if they give an opportunity to the people they are entrusted with leading (children, employees), these can sometimes achieve above-average results despite difficult and unpredictable situations.


Public speaking

Since 2011, I have made over 150 public appearances. I have visited schools, companies, and have been a keynote speaker at conferences with several hundred attendees. I present my story to students of different grades, with a focus on self-acceptance despite differences, active involvement in society, and following one’s dreams, regardless of obstacles. High school students are usually most interested in self-image and how to cope with motivation despite obstacles.


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“Obstacles are just challenges.”

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On my daily journeys, I encounter interesting and fun adventures that I want to share with you. My goal is to take you, my readers and those who follow my activities closely, into the world of a person...

Media Exposure

Due to my unique story, I have always been more exposed to the media. Initially, through a publication, I connected with the Debeljak family in Podbrezje. Then, three actions happened that always helped me take a new step towards independence. With the help of the media, I acquired an electric wheelchair, a modified car that I could drive independently, and microprocessor prostheses that allow me to live an active life without the risk of dangerous falls. Collaboration with the media strengthened during my sports career. Top results at the global level brought me recognition, which today enables me to raise public awareness about overcoming obstacles and the reason to persevere.

15 march 2024

24ur: He showed that you can reach the universe even with one hand.

21 february 2024

Breakfast with Andreja

10 february 2024

Ljubljanainfo: Darko Đurić openly about his new life path

24 november 2020

Closely with Vesna Milek

31 december 2012

RTV SLO: MMC personality of the year

10 january 2012

Darko in pictures

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