Heitor Mariano dos Santos
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Wife Paloma Gomes
São Vicente, BRA
Metropolitan University of Santos [UNIMES]: Brazil
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing in 2008 and first competed in 2010.
Why this sport?
He began wheelchair racing as it gave him a way to compete against other people following his accident.
Club / Team
Associacao Santista Paradesportiva [ASPA]-Fast Wheels: Brazil
Name of coach
Eduardo Leonel Martins [club]
Memorable sporting achievement
Being called up to the Brazilian national team in 2018. (globoesporte.globo.com, 13 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you are in a wheelchair, life has not finished. You have to fight and be positive." (YouTube, 23 Oct 2012)
He competed at an elite level in taekwondo and was on the verge of being selected for the Brazilian national team before his accident. (YouTube, 23 Oct 2012)
His impairment is the result of a motorbike accident he was involved in at age 20. He fractured the T6 and T7 vertebra in his spine and has been unable to walk since. (Facebook profile, 03 Nov 2018; YouTube, 23 Oct 2012)