Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Santo André, BRA
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She discovered Paralympic sport through a school project at age 10. "At the municipal school where I studied, a teacher had a sports project and called me to participate. It was not aimed at people with an impairment, but at the community at large. I had no intention of becoming an athlete."
Why this sport?
"Sport means everything to me. Before, I was a closed girl. I had no friends. I didn't leave home except to go to school. I started training and things started to change. I made friends."
Club / Team
Her mother was bitten by a cat infected with toxoplasmosis when she was pregnant. As a result of the bite, Gabriela she was born with an inflammation of the retina and long term damage to the middle ear. She has about 30% vision in her right eye and 20% in her left eye. (cpb.org.br, 01 Sep 2019; ms.gov.br, 30 Aug 2019; esporteagil.com.br, 10 Aug 2019; diariodigital.com.br, 24 Dec 2014)