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Ella Rodriguez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T64, F64

Further personal information

Residence
Santa Clara, CA, USA
Occupation
Student
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para sport after going to watch a triathlon in San Diego, CA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She wanted to meet other amputees as a child and attended an event arranged by Challenged Athletes Foundation [CAF]. Soon after the event, she was provided with a running leg by CAF. "Before I got into adaptive sports, I was sort of the one kid without a foot, that was my identity. When I got into adaptive sports, I became more empowered not only mentally but also physically. I was learning things that my body had never done before."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two gold medals at the 2018 Desert Challenge Games in Arizona, United States of America. (gilroydispatch.com, 01 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It isn't about the destination, it's about the journey." (challengedathletes.org, 16 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (healthier.stanfordchildrens.org, 22 Feb 2019)
Impairment
She was born with fibular hemimelia, a condition that means part or all of the fibular bone is missing. Her right foot was amputated at age nine months. (nbcbayarea.com, 28 Feb 2019; gilroydispatch.com, 01 Aug 2018)