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Alexsander Whitaker



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

São Paulo, BRA
Portuguese, English
Higher education

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1993.
Why this sport?
At the time of his accident at age 23, he was a judo instructor. He had to give that up to recover but soon discovered the power of sport for rehabilitation. He began to swim, returned to teaching judo to children, and took up weightlifting.
He eventually decided to join a league and start competing, especially against able-bodied athletes. "I thought the sport could be a way to compete against people who had no disability and return to life as it was before the accident."
Club / Team
Clube Paraplegicos Sao Paulo [CPSP]: Brazil
Name of coach
Valdecir Lopes [national], BRA

International debut

Competing for
New Zealand

General interest

Alex (Athens, 2004)
Most influential person in career
His father. (, 2012)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna. (, 2012)
Two months before the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, one of the bones in his pelvis pierced through his skin after he lost 20kg to get into his desired weight category. He has no sensitivity in that part of his body, so he did not notice the injury until an infection set in. He required surgery and 45 days of recovery. (, 01 Jul 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Will and power." (, 2012)
Other sports
He has won the national able-bodied weightlifting title during his career. (, 06 Jun 2011)
In 1993 he was robbed and shot twice. A bullet lodged in his spine, which resulted in the loss of feeling in his legs. (, 24 Mar 2010)
Other information
He works as a sports nutritionist for Edge Life Sports Clinic in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (, 22 Nov 2013)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -75 kg Final Round 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 10
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 67.50kg Final 2010-07-27 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 2012-09-02 7