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Alani Ferreira



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Pietermaritzburg, RSA
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Communications Management - Stellenbosch University: South Africa

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para swimming in 2010 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"An ophthalmologist suggested I give Para swimming a try."
Club / Team
Seals Swimming Club: Pietermaritzburg, RSA
Name of coach
Wayne Riddin [personal], RSA, from 2018
Training Regime
She trains 20 hours a week.

International debut

Competing for
South Africa

General interest

Lani (, 08 Jul 2016)
Listening to music, singing, playing the piano and the saxophone. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Wayne Riddin. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
South African Para swimmer Natalie du Toit. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
She had her appendix removed in March 2017. (, 21 Mar 2017)

She suffered from a shoulder injury in early 2016. (, 30 Apr 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take note of where you are, and enjoy every moment." (Instagram profile, 14 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named Para Sportswoman of the Year for 2016 and 2021 at the KwaZulu-Natal Sports Awards in South Africa. (Instagram profile, 06 Nov 2021; Rudy Project South Africa Facebook page, 21 Apr 2017)
She was born with Stargardt disease, a condition that causes a gradual loss of vision. She was diagnosed with the condition at age 12. "One of the first things that came out of my mouth when I was diagnosed was, 'Can I get a guide dog?' I was diagnosed with Stargardt at age 12 after noticing delays when playing tennis and trouble sight reading the piano." (Instagram profile, 18 Sep 2021;, 13 Jul 2021; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019;, 08 Jul 2016)
Other information
She has served as a member of the national management committee of Retina South Africa, a patient-run organisation that assists South Africans who have retinal degenerative conditions. In September 2018 she became a member of Swimming South Africa's Athletes' Committee. (Retina SA Facebook page, 20 Mar 2022;, 05 Sep 2018; Facebook profile, 05 Sep 2018)

She has studied for a bachelor's degree in strategic management at the Independent Institute of Education's Varsity College in South Africa. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2016-09-10 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Heat 2 2016-09-11 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-12 7
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Heat 1 2016-09-17 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-03 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2017-12-04 6
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB13 Final 1 2017-12-06 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2017-12-06 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2017-12-06 6