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Darvin Baez Eliza

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Yabucoa, PUR
Occupation
Athlete, Lifeguard, Real Estate Agent
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Education - University of Puerto Rico: Humacao, PUR

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Why this sport?
He had wanted to practise the sport since he was a child.
Club / Team
Club de Natacion Humacao: Puerto Rico

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Puerto Rico
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN

General interest

Most influential person in career
Coach Lourdes Vega. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Puerto Rican baseballer Roberto Clemente. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Milestones
He became the first male athlete to represent Puerto Rico in Para swimming at the Paralympic Games when he took part in the SB12 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 May 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (laesquina.com, 17 Oct 2016)
Impairment
His vision began to deteriorate at age 17 because of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy [LHON]. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017; quepalo.com, 07 Dec 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as coordinator of the Paralympic Athletes Commission and has served as chairman of Para swimming for the Puerto Rican Paralympic Committee. (Facebook page, 24 Jul 2019; Puerto Rican Paralympic Committee, 08 Dec 2018)

CHANGE OF COURSE
His vision began to deteriorate during his first year at university, which led to him changing his course from electronic physics to education. "I want to teach braille and be a teacher of orientation and mobility for students." (dialogoupr.com, 08 Sep 2016; elnuevodia.com, 02 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 2016-09-13 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 2016-09-17 7
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final 1 2017-12-06 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 2017-12-07 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S12 Final 1 2017-12-07 8