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DE MARCHENA ACEVEDO Jesus David
Sport Para swimming
NPC Aruba   
GenderMen
Age24
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB4, SM4
Further Personal Information
Residence
Aruba
Languages
Dutch, English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age nine in Aruba.
Why this sport?
"The water makes me feel free from my impairment."
Name of coach
Jesus Arias de La Cruz, ARU
General Interest
Hobbies
Kayaking, horse riding. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jesus Arias de la Cruz. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
He was Aruba's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (myinfo.rio2016.com, 06 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 04 Sep 2016)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first ever Aruban athlete to be selected to compete at a Paralympic Games when he was chosen to participate at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (extra.cw, 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 50m Freestyle S7  DNS
16 2016 100m Freestyle S7 2:17.84