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Debora Carneiro

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Maringá, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Gastronomy - Maringa University Centre [UniCesumar]: Brazil

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began practising the sport with coaches in 2010 in Maringa, Brazil.
Why this sport?
She first tried swimming in her family's pool. The sport then became part of her academic development, before she was spotted by a coach who encouraged her to start competing. Her father also thought swimming would occupy her and her twin sister Beatriz while he was working after their mother died when they were age 11.
Club / Team
Uniao Metropolitana Paradesportiva de Maringa [UMPM] [BRA] / Associacao de Pais e Atletas da Natacao [APAN] [BRA]:
Name of coach
Andre Yamazaki Pereira [personal]

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB14 100m breaststroke at the 2019 World Championship in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jun 2021; revistamarta.com, 02 Apr 2021)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian swimmer Joao Gomes Jr, British swimmer Adam Peaty and Brazilian Para swimmers Andre Brasil, Daniel Dias and Clodoaldo Silva. (esporte.pr.gov.br, 05 Nov 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You have to focus on situations. Our coach Andre always says that I'm more focused than Bia [her sister]." (esporte.pr.gov.br, 05 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
In February 2020 she was given a Merit Award by the Maringa Council in Brazil. (ofatomaringa.com.br, 10 Feb 2020)
Famous relatives
Her twin sister Beatriz has represented Brazil at Para swimming and competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She also won silver in the SB14 100m breaststroke at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico and gold in the SM14 200m individual medley at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Jun 2021; paralympic.org, 26 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 15 Jun 2021)
Impairment
She and her twin sister Debora were born premature. They were diagnosed with an intellectual impairment at age six. (semprefamilia.com.br, 31 Aug 2019)
Other information
SIBLING RIVALRY
She believes that her biggest rival is her twin sister Beatriz, who also represents Brazil in Para swimming and regularly competes in the same events. "We are sisters and we like each other, but in the pool we want to beat each other. I know I need to keep my eye on two things - the clock and my sister. But it is a healthy rivalry because we train together and help motivate each other." (brasil2016.gov.br, 25 Apr 2016; globoespote.globo.com, 23 Apr 2016)

MISSING OUT ON RIO
She suffered from appendicitis in 2016 and was unable to train for almost a month. The condition then contributed to her failing to achieve the qualifying standards needed for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (revistamarta.com, 02 Apr 2021; umpm.org.br, 01 Sep 2017)