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Catarina Guimaraes

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T38, F38

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"I've always loved being fast. Whenever I do things, it has to be fast. I love how you can feel the wind in your face [when you run fast] and it just blows your hair back. It feels exhilarating, you have this moment where you get to wipe everything else away, any problems you have they're just gone because you are in that moment on the track."
Club / Team
Cranford High School: Cranford, NJ, USA
Name of coach
John Schiano [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Cat (Instagram profile, 22 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Taekwondo, football, swimming, rock climbing, reading, writing, violin, singing. (teamusa.org, 16 Jun 2018)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, US swimmer Michael Phelps, English Para athlete Sophie Hahn. (teamusa.org, 16 Jun 2018; unionnewsdaily.com, 29 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you stay positive anything is achievable." (newyork.cbslocal.com, 02 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Best Female Sportsmanship Award at the TriState National Masonic Wheelchair and Adaptive Sports Competition. (tapinto.net, 12 Mar 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. The condition affects the left side of her body. (teamusa.org, 16 Jun 2018; Athlete website, 02 Jun 2018; sportsnspokes.com, 20 Jun 2018; Contact USA YouTube channel, 13 Jun 2019)
Other information
AUTHOR
She says that writing is a personal interest of hers and she has released a series of books called 'The Death Garden' series. (Facebook page, 21 Sep 2019; Athlete website, 02 Jun 2018)