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Joe Yorley Gonzalez Betancur

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
F55

Further personal information

Family
Wife Yesenia Restrepo Munoz, stepdaughter Estefania
Residence
Medellín, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Club Andesir: Medellín, COL
Training Regime
He trains for up to six hours a day with his wife at Alfonso Galvis stadium in Medellin, Colombia.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Competing with his wife Yesenia Restrepo at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is our way of life. It is what gives us peace, what feeds us and what motivates us to get up every day." (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2015)
Other sports
He represented Colombia in wheelchair basketball at the 2003 Parapan American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2015)
Famous relatives
His wife Yesenia Restrepo Munoz has represented Colombia in para-athletics. She won silver in the F11-12 discus at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (toronto2015.org, 14 Aug 2015; paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2015)
Impairment
He was shot twice during a mugging in which his motorcycle was stolen. He lost the mobility in his legs as a result of the incident.. (senaldeportes, 01 Dec 2012)
Other information
SPORTING COUPLE
He and his wife Yesenia Restrepo Munoz both represented Colombia in para-athletics at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. "Sharing this experience with her is just priceless. We are fulfilling one of our dreams. We were united by sport and by our impairments." (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2015)