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Izabela Souza

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6

Further personal information

Residence
Campinas, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Finance
Languages
Portuguese, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2013.
Why this sport?
She took up swimming as part of her rehabilitation. "It all started as a therapy, but suddenly I liked it so much that I started training and shortly after I was taking part in competitions."
Club / Team
Associacao Paraolimpica de Campinas [APC]: Brazil
Name of coach
Ricardo Gazzaneo [club]; Leonardo Tomasello Araujo [national], BRA
Training Regime
She trains six days a week.

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"You will never know your limits until you experience all your possibilities." (Facebook page, 15 Nov 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the 2016 Gustavo Kuerten Award as Para Athlete Revelation of the Year in Florianopolis, Brazil. (dc.clicrbs.com.br, 14 Mar 2017)
Impairment
At age seven she had both her lower legs amputated, as well as her left hand and two fingers on her right hand after being diagnosed with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome [an autoimmune state that may provoke thrombosis]. (apabb.org.br, 01 Oct 2015; horadesantacatarina.clicrbs.com.br, 23 Jul 2014)