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Belkys Mota

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Family
Husband Jesus, son Aaron
Residence
Cuenca, ECU
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - Experimental Libertador Pedagogical University: Caracas, VEN

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three in Caracas, Venezuela.
Why this sport?
Her parents encouraged her to start swimming.
Name of coach
Jesus Montesuma [husband], from 2006

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Venezuela
Tournament
IBSA World Championships
Location
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at three Paralympic Games, and winning four medals at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, husband and her son. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Limits exist only in your mind." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was Venezuela's flag bearer at the Parapan American Games in 2019 and 2011. (meridiano.net, 28 Aug 2019; correodelorinoco.gob.ve, 17 Nov 2011)

She was awarded the Jose Felix Ribas Order by the Venezuelan government in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The order is given to young people for outstanding achievements. (sportsaldia.com, 22 Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (laprensalara.com.ve, 29 Jun 2017)
Impairment
She has retinal dystrophy. She began to lose her vision at age 25. (radiomundial.com.ve, 13 Sep 2012; Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Other information
MOVE TO ECUADOR
In 2018 she and her family left Venezuela and moved to Cuenca, Ecuador. "We came to Ecuador looking for a better quality of life." (elcomercio.com, 17 Mar 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM12 Heat 1 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Heat 2 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 7
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 8
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S12 Final Round 2012-09-02 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2012-09-04 8
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-04 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2012-09-07 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-12 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final Round 2016-09-17 6
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 2 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final 1 2017-12-02 9999
Women's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-03 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2017-12-04 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 5
Women's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2017-12-05 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2017-12-05 6