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GUILHERMINA Terezinha
Sport Para athletics
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age40
Height1.63 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Rafael Lazarini, from 2015; Rodrigo Chieregatto, from 2015
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Residence
Maringá, BRA
Languages
German, Portuguese, English
Higher education
Psychology - Central University of Maringa [CESUMAR]: Brazil
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 22 at a small club near her house.
Why this sport?
"At first I decided to swim, but only because I had a bathing suit. What I really wanted was to do athletics, but I had no shoes to wear. That was when my sister, who was a maid, gave me the ones she had."
Name of coach
Daniel Biscola
Training Regime
She trains five hours a day from Monday to Saturday.
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Lille, FRA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold and obtaining a world record in the final of the 100m at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (esporteessencial.com.br, 14 Apr 2015; Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna, Brazilian footballer Pele. (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011; esporteessencial.com.br, 14 Apr 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She always takes a cold shower before her races. (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The next medal is always more important than the current one." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was selected as Brazil's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (cpb.org.br, 06 Aug 2015)

She was named the Brazilian Female Paralympian of the Year at the 2014 Brazilian Paralympic Awards. (rio2016.com, 10 Dec 2014)

She was named the 2012 Athlete of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (uol.com.br, 19 Dec 2012)
Other sports
She has competed in goalball at national level. (rio2016.com, 12 Oct 2014)
Impairment
She was born with retinitis pigmentosa. Four of her brothers also have the condition. (Athlete, 17 Feb 2011; espnw.espn.uol.com.br, 23 Mar 2017)
Other information
GUIDE CHANGE
In late 2015 she ended her partnership with guide Guilherme Santana after five years of competing together. She took on Rafael Lazarini and Rodrigo Chieregatto as her new guides. "It was a necessary change with a focus on improving performance. As I had done this kind of change four months before the 2011 [World Championships], I thought it is important now. New blood on the team, a different motivation." (fatoonline.com.br, 12 Apr 2016)

GUIDED BY BOLT
During an event in Brazil in April 2015, she was guided by Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who received tips on how to guide her. "He guided well. I asked him to not hold on very tightly and to lower his hand, because he's very tall. But he did everything correctly." (folhavitoria.com.br, 18 Apr 2015)

TRADEMARK
She is known for the colourful blindfolds she uses during competition. (mulheres-incriveis.blogspot.co.uk, 02 Sep 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2004 400m T12 57.52 
8 2004 800m T12 2:24.72 
7 2004 1500m T12 5:17.25 
2 2008 100m T11 12.40
3 2008 400m T12 57.02
1 2008 200m T11 25.14
1 2012 200m T11 24.82
4 2012 400m T12 1:39.73
1 2012 100m T11 12.01
4 2016 100m T11  DSQ
4 2016 200m T11  DSQ
2 2016 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 47.57
3 2016 400m T11 57.97
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2002 400m T12 1:05.58
2 2006 100m T11 13.00
1 2006 200m T11 26.32
2 2006 400m T12 58.42
1 2011 200m T11 24.98
1 2011 100m T11 12.18
1 2011 400m T11 57.16
1 2011 4 x 100m Relay T11-13 50.51
1 2013 100m T11 12.16
1 2013 400m T11 56.56
1 2013 200m T11 24.74
2 2015 400m T11 58.52
2 2015 200m T11 24.95
Semifinal 2015 100m T11 12.68
  2015 4 x 100m Relay T11-13  DSQ