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Cecilia Jeronimo de Araujo



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Indaiatuba, BRA
Higher education
Human Resources - Max Planck University Centre [UniMAX]: Indaiatuba, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age three in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
She began swimming following advice from doctors. "It is something I love and it satisfies my soul."
Club / Team
Associacao Paralimpica de Indaiatuba [ADI APIN]: Brazil
Name of coach
Antonio Luiz Duarte Candido [club, national], BRA

International debut

Competing for
Parapan American Games
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S8 50m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jun 2021;, 10 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
Brazilian Para swimmer Raquel Viel. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmers Clodoaldo Silva and Joana Neves. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Carpe diem. Seize the day, seize life." (Facebook profile, 26 Mar 2020; Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She has received the Medal of Sports Merit from the governor of Sao Paulo in Brazil. The honour was given in recognition of her performance at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where she won seven medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jun 2021;, 27 Aug 2019)

In 2018 and 2017 she was named Para Swimmer of the Year by Brazilian swimming website Best Swim. (, 19 Dec 2018, 31 Dec 2017)
To win a medal at the Paralympic Games. (, 10 Dec 2016)
She has cerebral palsy following complications at birth, which limits the movement of the left side of her body. (, 01 Sep 2019;, 10 Jan 2018;, 18 Nov 2014)
Other information
She contracted mumps during the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and, after participating in three events, had to stop competing at the Games. "I thought it was a toothache and the doctor did not want to tell me what it was at first. Later they told me that I could not compete, because it was contagious." She did not train or compete in the pool for the next seven months. (, 23 Apr 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-08 5
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-11 6
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 1 2016-09-13 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 100 m Backstroke S8 Final 1 2017-12-05 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2017-12-07 1