Joao Maria Franca Junior
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Partner Maria Clementino, son Shamuel
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
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)
His partner Maria Clementino has competed in Para swimming with the SADEF RN club in Brazil. (Maria Clementino Facebook profile, 13 Sep 2017)
He has arthrogryposis, which describes multiple joint contractures. (cpb.org.br, 01 Jun 2019; Athlete, 22 May 2019, 06 Dec 2017)
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