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Donia Felices

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Lima, PER
Occupation
Artist, Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Visual Arts - National Superior Autonomous School of Fine Arts: Lima, PER

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2017 at the Paralympic Club in Lima, Peru.
Why this sport?
She was involved in a number of sports before her amputation. She then was inspired to practise Para swimming after discovering the work of US photographer Michael Stokes, depicting wounded war veterans and Para sportspeople. "I saw they all had strong, healthy bodies. They had overcome their limits. The hardest part [about swimming following her amputation] was psychological as I had never taken off my prosthesis in front of other people. But I did it. I got in the water and did not recognise my body. I was more aware of who I was."
Name of coach
Ivan Reyes [national], CUB

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her family. (Latina.pe YouTube channel, 16 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[You succeed in life] when you break barriers, overcome difficulties, face your fears. When you do, you have everything." (peru21.pe, 24 Jan 2019)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with systemic necrotizing vasculitis. The condition affected her blood circulation and doctors were forced to amputate her hands and feet in order for her to survive. (agenciaorbita.org, 26 Mar 2020; Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; Makir Sebbo YouTube channel, 09 Dec 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 she founded Paramas, a Para sport organisation in Peru that initially focused on archery and sitting volleyball. "The project's goal is to give impaired people more opportunities to practise sport, either as a pastime or as a competitive athlete." She also served as an ambassador for the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. "The impact [the Games] will have on young people who want to be a Para athlete will be enormous." (Instagram profile, 01 Aug 2019; elperuano.pe, 09 Feb 2019; Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021; Paramas Peru Facebook page, 27 Feb 2021)

OCCUPATION
She took up mouth painting as a hobby following her amputation and later became a member of the Asociacion De Pintores Con La Boca Y Con El Pie [Association of Painters with the Mouth and the Foot] in Peru. Her work has been exhibited in Switzerland. She has also taught art to children with an intellectual impairment. (Latina.pe YouTube channel, 16 Mar 2019; elperuano.pe, 09 Feb 2019; peru21.pe, 05 Mar 2017; Asociacion De Pintores Con La Boca Y Con El Pie, 05 Dec 2014)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-02 11
Women's 50 m Freestyle S5 Heat 2 2017-12-05 9