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Daniel Videira

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Pharmacy - University of Lisbon : Portugal

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two and in 1996 he joined the SL Benfica club in Lisbon, Portugal. He began competing in Para swimming at age 18.
Why this sport?
He was convinced to try the sport because it would improve his health. He was also involved in equestrian during his childhood.
Club / Team
Gestao de Equipamentos Sociais de Loures: Portugal
Training Regime
He has up to 10 training sessions a week in the pool, and up to five sessions at the gym.

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Portugal
Location
Copenhagen, DEN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Paralimpicos YouTube channel, 05 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His siblings. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese Para swimmer David Grachat. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like to fight for my goals and become stronger." (dn.pt, 16 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was presented with a gold medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (fpnatacao.pt, 19 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He was born with hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsy [HNPP]. The condition affects the right side of his body. (dn.pt, 16 Nov 2019; Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Other information
LATE BEGINNING
He has been enthusiastic about sports from an early age, but he was initially reluctant to compete in Para sport as it would mean admitting to himself that he was different. He decided to take up Para swimming at age 18. "I arrived at the pool to swim and a Para swimming training session was under way. Coach Carlos Mota and [fellow Portuguese Para swimmer] David Grachat saw me swimming and at the end the coach made me a proposition. I accepted the challenge. It was a different time then. I was more mature. I accepted my impairment. I stopped evading the issue and began talking openly about it." (revistasauda.pt, 02 Nov 2018)

MEDICAL PROCEDURE
At age seven he underwent surgery to lengthen his Achilles tendon. (revistasauda.pt, 02 Nov 2018)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He began studying for a master's degree in applied pharmaceutical sciences after receiving a grant from a charitable organisation in Lisbon, Portugal. The money meant he was able to combine his studies with his training schedule. "I wanted to return to school, but this grant helped me to make that decision. That allowed me to quit my job and to focus on my studies." (record.pt, 24 Nov 2019; dn.pt, 16 Nov 2019)