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Fernando Rocha

Nordic Skiing | Triathlon

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Cotia, BRA
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Media Production - University Sant'Anna: São Paulo, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para triathlon at age 33.
Why this sport?
He wanted to improve himself by taking on a new challenge.

General interest

Hobbies
Basketball, athletics, cycling, cross-country skiing, jujitsu. (Facebook page, 13 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss Para skier, Swiss handcyclist Heinz Frei, Japanese Para skier Kozo Kubo, Brazilian basketball player Oscar Schimit, US basketball player Michael Jordan, Italian cyclist Mario Cipollini, Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He sometimes writes the names of athletes he admires on his equipment before competing, in order to inspire and push himself further. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Something is impossible until someone doubts and decides to prove the contrary." [Albert Einstein] (aranhatriathlon.com.br, 10 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the Para triathlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (cpb.org.br, 09 Dec 2015; paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2016)

He was Brazil's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in handcycling and Para cross-country skiing at international level. He participated in Para cross-country skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Milestones
In 2016 he became the first Brazilian athlete to compete at both the winter and summer editions of the Paralympic Games when he competed in triathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, having previously participated in alpine skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (medium.com, 13 Oct 2016)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of the effects of polio contracted at age four. (aranhatriathlon.com.br, 10 Mar 2017; Athlete, 13 Mar 2014; ruvr.ru, 22 Jan 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as the vice president of the athletes' commission of the Brazilian Confederation of Winter Sports [CBDN] and as a member of the athletes' commission of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. He has also served as an ambassador for the project 'Inclusive You: Building a Legacy in Education.' The project aims to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities through inclusion in sports and education. (brasilzerograu.com, 15 Jun 2017; medium.com, 13 Oct 2016; cpb.org.br, 2019; entrerodas.org, 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Nordic Skiing World Championships Solleftea (Solleftea, Sweden)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Sprint - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-25 28
Men's Long Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-02-26 26
Men's Middle Distance - Classic Sitting Final 2013-03-05 26
Paralympic Winter Games 2014 (Sochi, Russia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 15 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-09 15
Men's 1 km Sprint Sitting Qualification 2014-03-12 20
Men's 10 km Sitting Final Round 2014-03-16 21
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men PT1 Final Round 2016-09-10 7