Jonathan Hidalgo

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
T12

Further personal information

Family
Partner Sandra Milena Vera, daughter Marlen Dayana [2010]
Residence
Yumbo, COL
Occupation
Athlete
Higher education
Sport Studies - National Sports Centre: Cali, COL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up para-athletics in 2007.
Why this sport?
He has always liked running.
Club / Team
Club Deportivo Cacique Jacinto: Yumbo, COL
Training Regime
He trains every day from 07:00 to 10:00 and then from 15:00 to 18:00

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
Colombia
Location
Mar del Plata, ARG

General interest

Injuries
An injury to his left eye meant he was unable to compete at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (juegosvalle2015.com, 02 Dec 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"We have the same possibilities as able-bodied people. Many are amazed by our performances and capabilities." (juegosvalle2015.com, 02 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
His partner Sandra Milena Vera has competed in para-athletics at national level. (juegosvalle2015.com, 02 Dec 2015; vanguardia.com, 28 Oct 2008)
Impairment
He was born with cataracts in his right eye. Despite having surgery, his vision began to deteriorate further because he did not use glasses as often as he had been advised. He later developed a retinal detachment. (juegosvalle2015.com, 02 Dec 2015; Tiempo De Juego Cali, 02 Nov 2014)
Other information
REFERENCE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
After losing his vision because he did not follow the advice of the experts, he does not want the same thing to happen to anybody else. "I would like to become an example for future generations with my personal development through study. I want to emphasise that people should not neglect their body, thus avoiding ending up suffering fatal consequences. If I had had a good orientation in my childhood and adolescence, I would probably enjoy perfect visual health and I do not want anybody to have the same problem." (juegosvalle2015.com, 02 Dec 2015)