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Jorge Arcela

Shooting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1

Further personal information

Family
Partner Guadalupe
Residence
Lima, PER
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up shooting Para sport after finishing his rehabilitation.
Why this sport?
He knew how to shoot from his time working in the police, and took up shooting Para sport after sustaining his impairment. "Before the attack, we formed a tactical shooting team with my police friends. Then the accident happened and I was looking for something to practise. It was then that I found shooting again. It made me feel better because I am passionate about it and it gives me confidence. I tried a lot of sports, but shooting is my thing. I feel it is what I enjoy most."
Name of coach
Rodrigo Aranguena [national]
Training Regime
He trains at Club Internacional in Arequipa, Peru.

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the SH1 10m air rifle prone at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Legado Lima 2019_Prensa YouTube channel, 09 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The road is difficult but not impossible. We can all achieve our goals. Just don't quit. If life did not have any obstacles, it would be boring." (Legado Lima 2019_Prensa YouTube channel, 09 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was named Para Sportsperson of the Year by the Paralympic National Association of Peru. (anpperu.org, 29 Jan 2019)
Milestones
He was one of the first three Para shooters to represent Peru at an international competition. Along with Jesus Rios and Steve Medina, he competed at the 2018 World Cup event in Chateauroux, France. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Dec 2019; paralympic.org, 21 Sep 2018)
Impairment
While working as an undercover police agent in March 2014, he was ambushed by members of a criminal organisation in Trujillo, Peru. He was shot nine times and sustained injuries to his lungs and his spinal cord. (diariocorreo.pe, 11 Sep 2019)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for an online degree in psychology at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. (gob.pe, 09 Jun 2021; noticias.upc.edu.pe, 25 Jan 2021)