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Francisca Castro



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Santiago, CHI
Athlete, Student
English, Spanish
Higher education
Civil Engineering - Pontifical Catholic University of Chile : Santiago, CHI

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
"My parents took me to the swimming pool as part of my rehabilitation."
Club / Team
Pontificia Universidad Catolica [PUC]: Santiago, CHI
Name of coach
Marcos Burgos [club]; Jose Nicolas Mafio [national], URU

General interest

Fran (Facebook profile, 24 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London at age 14. (Twitter profile, 03 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only restriction is in your mind, not in your body." (Facebook profile, 24 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Chile at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Parapan American University Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (, 26 Jul 2018)
At age 14 years and 280 days, she became the youngest athlete from any sport to represent Chile at the Paralympic Games when she competed in the S10 100m backstroke at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019; Twitter profile, 03 Oct 2018)
She was born with a malformation to her hips and her knees. (, 10 Apr 2014)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2012-09-04 6
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 1 2013-08-17 12
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S10 Final 1 2017-12-02 4