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Joao Maria Franca Junior

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
Partner Maria Clementino, son Shamuel
Residence
Natal, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Higher education
Law - Natal College of Education and Culture [FANEC]: Brazil

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2015 in Natal, Brazil. He had previously been involved in athletics and wheelchair basketball.
Why this sport?
One of his friends encouraged him to try the sport. "I liked it. I stood out and felt that I had found myself. It was what I wanted to do."
Club / Team
Sociedade Amigos do Deficiente Fisico do Rio Grande do Norte [SADEF RN]: Natal, BRA
Name of coach
Carlos Williams Rodrigues da Silva [club, national], BRA

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Recife, BRA

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films, food. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2020 World Cup event in Abuja, Nigeria. "The gold is even more special when I remember that it was in Nigeria, which is the best country in Para powerlifting. I even competed against the world champion in my category, which did not intimidate me." (ge.globo.com, 10 Feb 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There is hope as long as there is life, so do not give up the fight." (Athlete, 22 May 2019)
Famous relatives
His partner Maria Clementino has competed in Para swimming with the SADEF RN club in Brazil. (Maria Clementino Facebook profile, 13 Sep 2017)
Impairment
He has arthrogryposis, which describes multiple joint contractures. (cpb.org.br, 01 Jun 2019; Athlete, 22 May 2019, 06 Dec 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 54.00kg Final 2017-12-07 9