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Andrea Demello

Swimming | Wheelchair Fencing

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries

Further personal information

Residence
New York, NY, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese

General interest

Hobbies
Playing the harp, drawing, swimming. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her sister Valeria. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair fencing coach Leszec Sawicki. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)
Awards and honours
In 1991 she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the mayor of New York for Outstanding Achievement in Sports. (usparalympics.org, 15 May 2011)
Other sports
She has represented Brazil and the United States in para-fencing. (usparalympics.org, 15 May 2011)
Impairment
She experienced a stroke in 1980 that left the right side of her body paralysed. She has also injured her spinal cord and has spastic hemiplegia. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012; usparalympics.org, 15 May 2011)
Other information
BRAZIL TO THE UNITED STATES
She is also an international para-fencer, having taken up the sport as a way of aiding her recovery from her stroke, and represented Brazil in the sport at three Paralympic Games before becoming a US citizen in 2003. She first represented the United States in para-fencing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (usparalympics.org, 15 May 2011)

NYC MARATHONS
She has completed several New York City Marathons, and in 1987 became the first female athlete to have experienced a stroke to finish the event. (Athlete, 23 Apr 2012)