Bertha Cecilia Fernandez Arango
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Son Cristian, one daughter
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2013 in Medellin, Colombia.
Why this sport?
She discovered powerlifting through her neighbours, who were involved in the sport. She also wanted to maintain her fitness. "I did not know about [powerlifting] but when I began to realise all the benefits, in addition to the honour of representing my country, I did not hesitate to take it up as my profession. I liked its toughness."
Club / Team
Club Rodando Por la Vida: Sopó, COL
Name of coach
Carlos Josue Barbosa
South American Games
Reading, listening to music, nail care. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2014 Para South American Games in Santiago, Chile. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Colombian Para powerlifter Fabio Torres Silva. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to do it as many times as necessary until it goes well." (elcolombiano.com, 14 Sep 2018)
To win a medal at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (elcolombiano.com, 14 Sep 2018)
She contracted meningococcemia [purpura fulminans] at age five. The condition affected the circulation of her lower limbs and resulted in the amputation of both of her legs above the knee. (Athlete, 13 Jul 2019; elcolombiano.com, 14 Sep 2018)