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Florencia Belen Romero

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11

Further personal information

Residence
Argentina
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Japanese, Spanish
Higher education
Education, Language Studies - University of Buenos Aires: Argentina

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2009 in Esquel, Argentina.
Why this sport?
She was invited to take part in a national competition. She opted to compete in swimming but was also told to compete in athletics. "For athletics I understood it was running, so I ran. Then they told me to do long jump and I did, and then I was told to try shot put. I didn't have any idea about it, but that's how I started out in shot put."
Name of coach
Javier Alvarez [national]
Training Regime
She trains at the National High Performance Centre [CENARD] in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

General interest

Nicknames
Flor (Instagram profile, 12 May 2020)
Hobbies
Studying languages, dance. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; argentina.gob.ar, 24 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the F11 discus at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning F12 shot put silver and F11 discus bronze at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; paradeportes.com, 13 Aug 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian athlete German Lauro. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I persevere and I will succeed." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she was awarded the title of Sport Ambassador in Chubut, Argentina. (elchubut.com.ar, 19 Dec 2014)
Other sports
She has competed in swimming at the Evita National Games in Argentina. (paradeportes.com, 24 Aug 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 25 May 2020)
Impairment
Her vision impairment is the result of retinoblastoma, a form of cancer that affects the retina. (deportesalplato.com, 10 Jan 2018; Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She has also studied psychology at the University of Buenos Aires [UBA] in Argentina, and for a degree at the Higher Institute for Special Education Teachers. She plans to continue earning degrees to focus on communication with babies following her Para athletics career. "I would like to study for a postgraduate degree in early stimulation, which is working with babies, and for a qualification working with blind and deaf babies, and children with multiple impairments. I think it is important to increase communication and language for them." (paradeportes.com, 24 Aug 2016; argentina.gob.ar, 24 Aug 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2015-10-24 8
Women's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 12
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F11 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2017-07-18 5
Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F11/12 Final 1 2019-11-08 13
Women's Discus Throw F11 Final 1 2019-11-12 8
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (Tokyo, Japan)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F11 Final 2021-08-31 9
Women's Shot Put F12 Final 2021-09-03 11