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COSTA DE OLIVEIRA Silvania
Sport Para athletics
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthTrês Lagoas, BRA
Height1.74 m
Weight 70 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Further Personal Information
Family
Daughter Lethicia Gabriella, son Joao Guilherme
Residence
São Caetano do Sul, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 18. She competed in long distance events before switching to sprinting and long jump.
Why this sport?
"I started running with a friend who called me to a street race. I joined because I needed money to pay for milk for my daughter."
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Bilbao, ESP
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"What many thought impossible, I will show otherwise." (treslagoas.ms.gov.br, 29 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
She was named Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year in Brazil in 2015 and 2016. (paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2016; paralympic.org, 10 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
Her older brother Ricardo won a gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (bbc.com, 08 Sep 2016)
Impairment
At age 11 she was diagnosed with Stargardt's disease, a deteriorating genetic eye condition that affects central vision. (espnw.espn.uol.com.br, 14 Apr 2016)
Other information
MATERNITY BREAK
In 2016 she won the gold medal in the T11 long jump at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, without knowing she was two months pregnant at the time. She returned to training just 30 days after giving birth to son Joao Guilherme, but missed the qualifying for the 2017 World Championships in London, England. "It is not easy. It is the hardest moment in my career. I didn't know that the return to the track after my pregnancy would be much harder than when I started. It was too much time away, but my will power is bigger than my pain." (paralympic.org, 23 Apr 2018; jpnews.com.br, 11 Mar 2017; globoesporte.globo.com, 16 Sep 2017)

INSTITUTE
In 2017 she founded the Silvania Oliveira Institute in Tres Lagoas, Brazil, a social project that aims to take children out of the streets by practising athletics. "I always dreamed about this project. Tres Lagoas needed it! I started here, I know the difficulties and I know what an athlete needs to start up. The city has many children in need. So there isn't anything better than to help my own city." (jpnews.com.br, 11 Mar 2017; treslagoas.ms.gov.br, 28 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 Long Jump T11 4.98
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Semifinal 2013 100m T12 12.76
6 2013 Long Jump T12 5.32
1 2015 Long Jump T11 5.04