Guilherme Batista Silva
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming seriously at age 13.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to take up the sport. "It was by chance, but I liked it, I saw an opportunity [with swimming]. In my first year competing, I already won a medal at state level. From then on I was just becoming more serious, thinking about investing myself in the sport."
Club / Team
Praia Clube: Uberlândia, BRA
Name of coach
Alexandre Silva Vieira [club, national], BRA
Most influential person in career
His family. (gcn.net.br, 06 Sep 2015)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (praiaclube.org.br, 04 Apr 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He always prays before a competition. He also wears his swim cap under his goggles and puts a towel over his starting block. (globoesporte.globo.com, 26 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Before I always felt smaller than everyone else, that my future would be more difficult. Swimming has shown me that it wouldn't be like that all the time, that I would have my chance." (gcn.net.br, 21 Sep 2019)
He was diagnosed with Stargardt disease at age eight. "Childhood was the worst. I didn't understand my impairment. As I sat in the front, the board was divided into four and I could only see the first part. So if there was a text or a more extensive article, I would copy the first part and 'invent' the others. I was afraid to speak, I was afraid of the other children. After my mother explained [to the teachers] what my impairment was, which I couldn't explain, the teacher spoke to the other teachers. Other students were even a little surprised. Children have malice, but at the same time, when you explain, they accept it much more easily." (gcn.net.br, 21 Sep 2019; globoesporte.globo.com, 26 Aug 2016; gcn.net.br, 06 Sep 2015)
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13||Heat 2||2016-09-11||3|
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB13||Final Round||2016-09-11||5|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S13||Swim-Off||2016-09-14||2|
|Men's 50 m Freestyle S13||Heat 1||2016-09-14||3|
|Men's 100 m Freestyle S13||Heat 1||2016-09-16||6|