Devin Marrero

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Residence
Yonkers, NY, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Speech Pathology - Mercy College: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at a young age, and started competing at age 13. "I have been swimming since I was a little boy. When I'm in the water, I feel unstoppable. It doesn't feel like I'm disabled."
Why this sport?
"I did not swim competitively until I joined the Special Olympics, and I loved it. I tried out for my high school swim team, not thinking I was going to make it, but to my surprise I did. I love it, a lot. It really made me the person who I am today.”
Training Regime
He swims four to five days a week. "Sometimes I even train twice a day. After workouts, I feel unstoppable. I feel like I can do anything.”

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming has kept me motivated because I set personal goals and know I must work hard to achieve them. My family supports me both mentally and physically which gives me the drive to do better. And doing better means keeping the dream of competing in 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil alive and kicking with each stroke in the pool." (fundrazr.com, 01 Jan 2015)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. He uses crutches to assist his mobility, but is able to walk for short periods without them. (usatodayhss.com, 06 Oct 2013; usatodayhss.com, 06 Oct 2013)
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