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Gabriela Ferreira

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Guide
David Lincoln

Further personal information

Residence
Santo André, BRA
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish

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
Nauru: Brazil

General interest

Impairment
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)