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Desiree Vila Bargiela



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Madrid, ESP
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
English, French, Spanish
Higher education
International Relations - King Juan Carlos University: Madrid, ESP

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 19 in Madrid, Spain.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged by a friend to begin Para athletics. "When I put on my running prosthetics for the first time the feeling was amazing. It was as if I was getting my life back."
Training Regime
She trains at the Joaquin Blume High Performance Centre [CAR] in Madrid, Spain.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Desi (, 07 Mar 2021)
Going to the cinema, sports, reading, writing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 26 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Placing sixth in the women's T63 long jump at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Antonio Ranchal. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish gymnast Almudena Cid, Spanish Para cyclist Alfonso Cabello. (, 08 Mar 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
In February 2020 she twisted her ankle while training for the long jump and was sidelined for one month. (Facebook page, 28 Feb 2020)

She sustained a stress fracture of a metatarsal bone in her foot in 2019, and was out of action for one month. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We do not choose our own destiny, but the attitude to face life." (, 05 Mar 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Loitador [Fighter] Award from the Official School of Physiotherapists of Galicia, Spain. (, 01 Jun 2019;, 12 Feb 2019)

In 2016 she received special mention awards at the sport galas of both Vigo and Gondomar in Spain. (, 01 Jun 2019;, 17 Mar 2016;, 04 Oct 2016)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she competed in acrobatic gymnastics at international level. (, 01 Jun 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
In 2015 she broke the tibia and fibula in her right leg while practising acrobatic gymnastics. The treatment she received caused further complications, resulting in her leg being amputated. Her family filed a lawsuit for medical negligence against the doctor and the hospital. The doctor was initially sentenced to two years in prison and a four-year professional suspension, as well as a payment of over two million Euros in compensation. However, in 2019 the jail sentence and the suspension were revoked, and the total amount of compensation was reduced. (, 05 Mar 2018, 22 Jan 2017; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 21 Jun 2019;, 29 Jan 2019)
Other information
In 2018 she published her autobiography titled 'Lo Unico Incurable Son las Ganas de Vivir' ['The Only Incurable Thing is the Will to Live']. (, 05 Mar 2018;, 15 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 02 Oct 2019;, 26 Nov 2019)

She has studied tourism in London, England, and in Malta, through the European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students [ERASMUS] programme. In 2018 she began studying international relations at the King Juan Carlos University in Madrid, Spain. (, 26 Aug 2018; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 05 Mar 2018)