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Andre Rocha

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54, F54

Further personal information

Family
Wife Vania Oliveira, sons Andre Junior and Samuel, daughter Melissa
Residence
Taubaté, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
University of Taubate: Brazil

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2013.
Why this sport?
He discovered Para athletics after reading about the sport in a magazine article.
Club / Team
Esporte para Todos: Brazil
Name of coach
Guto Nascimento [club, national]

General interest

Injuries
In 2018 he required surgery on his spine and was unable to compete for nine months. It was the eighth spinal operation he had needed since sustaining his impairment in 2005. (agoravale.com.br, 07 Apr 2019, 07 Dec 2018; cpb.org.br, 07 Dec 2018)

He was unable to train and compete for seven months after he underwent surgery on his spinal cord in 2015. He returned to competition in July 2016 at the Berlin Grand Prix in Germany. (gazetadetaubate.com.br, 01 Jun 2017; meon.com.br, 25 Apr 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Step back, just to get momentum and move on again." (Facebook page, 04 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2015 and 2018 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year in Taubate, Brazil. (vozdovale.com.br, 29 Nov 2018; guiataubate.com.br, 19 Apr 2016)

He received the People's Athlete of the Year Award at the 2017 Paralympic Awards organised by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (cpb.org.br, 07 Dec 2018)
Impairment
While working as a military police officer, he injured his spinal cord after falling off a wall in 2005. (cpb.org.br, 07 Dec 2018)
Other information
CLASSIFICATION CHANGES
In April 2017 his impairment classification was switched from F54 to F52, as his physical condition was deemed to have changed since he had spinal cord surgery in 2015. In 2018 he was again reclassified, this time to F53. In 2019 he was classified as F54. (IPC, 22 Sep 2019; cpb.org.br, 30 Jun 2018; img.org.br, 11 Jun 2018; meon.com.br, 25 Apr 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F52 Final 1 2017-07-18 1