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Diogo Cancela

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four in Coimbra, Portugal.
Why this sport?
It was part of his physical therapy treatment and he liked being in the water.
Club / Team
Clube Nautico de Miranda do Corvo: Portugal
Name of coach
Helder Lopes [personal], POR
Training Regime
He trains seven days a week, completing double sessions on three of those days.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Portugal
Location
Copenhagen, DEN

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2019 European Para Youth Games in Pajulahti, Finland. (Record, 07 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The more you dream, the more you achieve." (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Best Male Athlete of the Year in Miranda do Corvo, Portugal. (asbeiras.pt, 16 Oct 2019)

He was presented with a silver medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (fpnatacao.pt, 19 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Federacao Portuguesa de Natacao Facebook page, 23 Dec 2020)
Impairment
His right arm is missing at the shoulder. (diariocoimbra.pt, 23 Mar 2018)
Other information
AWARD-WINNING PHOTO
He was the subject of the photo that won first prize in the sport category at the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards. The photographer, Ian MacNicol, captured him practising in the pool at the 2019 World Series event in Glasgow, Scotland. (sipacontest.com, 30 Oct 2020)