Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13
Further personal information
Civil Engineering - Pontifical Catholic University [PUC]: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming as a boy, and he competed in able-bodied swimming until 2009. In 2017 he began competing in Para swimming.
Why this sport?
At age 16 he quit the sport to focus on his studies in civil engineering, but ended up returning to the pool while at university. "I was just expecting to swim during my university holidays but my brother [Thomaz Matera] encouraged me to continue after he competed at the  Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The holidays finished and I kept on swimming."
Club / Team
Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
His brother Thomaz is a Para swimmer who represented Brazil at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (cpb.org.br, 07 May 2017)
He has retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary genetic disorder which causes a gradual loss of sight. (cpb.org.br, 01 Jun 2019; cpb.org.br, 07 May 2017)