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Gisell Natalia Prada Pachon

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB7, SM7

Further personal information

Residence
Bucaramanga, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Higher education
Sports Science - University of Cundinamarca: Fusagasugá, COL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six, in 2007, in Ubate, Colombia.
Why this sport?
She was enrolled by her mother in swimming lessons. At age eight she stopped the sport in order to practise volleyball and basketball. At age 14 she returned to swimming.
Club / Team
Cundinamarca: Colombia
Name of coach
Luis Carlos Calderon [national]

General interest

Nicknames
La Chiqui (ucundinamarca.edu.co, 01 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (lavilla.com.co, 28 Jul 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (ucundinamarca.edu.co, 01 Oct 2018)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (ucundinamarca.edu.co, 11 Apr 2018)
Other information
RETIREMENT THOUGHTS
She felt a major disappointment when she could not take part in the 2019 National Games in Cartagena, Colombia, after her rivals could not compete as they did not have the qualifying mark. "It was very hard because I trained so hard and could not compete." She thought about quitting the sport but coach Luis Carlos Calderon convinced her to continue. "He motivated me to carry on and that is why I decided in early 2020 to move to Bucaramanga [Colombia], where he lives." (lavilla.com.co, 28 Jul 2021)