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Benito Alexis Perlaza Valdez



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB6, SM6

Further personal information

Athlete, Student

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age three.
Why this sport?
Doctors recommended the sport as therapy for his impairment. "It was my passion when I was three, and when I was five I realised I had a special feeling with water."
Club / Team
Beldagans Plus: Panama City, PAN
Name of coach
Marlon Perlaza [personal], from 2014
Training Regime
He trains at the Eileen Coparropa Swimming Pool in Panama City, Panama.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a medal at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
British Para swimmers Eleanor Simmonds and Eleanor Robinson. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Fulfilling dreams, facing obstacles and being better every day." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was selected as Panama's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (, 16 Mar 2017)
He was diagnosed with achondroplasia. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Butterfly S6 Heat 2 2017-12-06 12
Men's 50 m Freestyle S6 Heat 1 2017-12-07 14