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Alejandro Yared Rojas Cabrera

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 13 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation.
Club / Team
CD Discarucas [ESP] / CN Aguacan [ESP] / CD Enagracan [ESP]:
Name of coach
Maria Folgado [national], ESP; Francisco Galvan [personal], ESP

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Funchal, POR

General interest

Nicknames
Ale (cnaguacan.blogspot.com, 09 Mar 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (canarias7.es, 14 Sep 2021; Instagram profile, 24 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Laszlo Cseh. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He fell down some stairs and injured his ankle three days before he was due to compete at the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal. He missed the 100m freestyle but went on to win bronze in the S6 50m butterfly at the event. (laliga4sports.es, 09 May 2016; Facebook page, 02 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves." (Instagram profile, 14 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was given the Canary Islands Award for Academic-Sports Excellence in Spain. (europapress.es, 01 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. Outside of competition, he also wants to help establish a Para sports school in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. (Facebook profile, 28 Feb 2022; canarias7.es, 14 Sep 2021)
Impairment
He was born with hemiparesis on his left side. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
He said he had considered retiring after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but changed his mind after his experience in Japan and now aims to compete at the 2024 Games in Paris. "I was planning to retire at Tokyo, but when I got there, I told myself that I had to keep going until Paris, no question about it. I would like my family to experience the Paralympic Games with me, and I think that competing with spectators would be spectacular." (canarias7.es, 14 Sep 2021)

COACHING
He has served as a coach at both the CN Aguacan and CD Enagracan clubs in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. (canarias7.es, 14 Sep 2021)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a teaching qualification. (teldeactualidad.com, 15 Dec 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 2 2017-12-06 5
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Final 1 2017-12-06 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 2 2017-12-07 12