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Isaac Leiva

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Wellington Moreno

Further personal information

Family
Wife Heydi Gil, daughters Darina and Lisani
Residence
Guatemala
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Human Resources, Pedagogy - San Carlos University: Guatemala

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 28 in Guatemala.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to Para athletics by coach Carlos Iriarte. "He found me and told me that despite being blind, it would not be a limitation to pursuing my dreams."
Club / Team
Prociegos: Guatemala City, GUA
Name of coach
Werner Argueta [personal], GUA; Raul Rivera [personal], GUA
Coach from which country?
Guatemala

General interest

Nicknames
Pocotora ['little turtle' in Garifuna, a language spoken in Central America]. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 and 2020 Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (publinews.gt, 22 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para thrower David Casinos. (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Enhance what you have." (Athlete, 23 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He and fellow Para athlete Ericka Esteban were named flag bearers for Guatemala for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (publinews.gt, 12 Aug 2021)

He was Guatemala's flag bearer and only competitor at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Other sports
He has competed in weightlifting, in which he was a national champion in 1996 and 1997, and a Central American champion in 1998. (publinews.gt, 22 Aug 2012)
Impairment
In 2000 he lost his sight due to retinitis pigmentosa as the result of a medication he was given following an accident in 1998 while he was working in maritime repair. (prensalibre.com, 02 Sep 2012; cdag.com.gt, 03 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Discus Throw F11 Final Round 2012-09-02 9999
Men's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-03 15