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Jorge Luiz Silva de Souza

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

Residence
Joinville, BRA
Languages
Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 1999 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and began competing as a Para athlete in about 2012.
Why this sport?
He used to act as a guide to Brazilian Para athletes such as Adria Santos and Terezinha Guilhermina. After his vision was affected by a neurological problem, he decided to compete in Para athletics himself.
Club / Team
Associacao Joinvilense para Integracao dos Deficientes Visuais [AJIDEVI]: Brazil

General interest

Nicknames
Chocolate (folha.uol.com.br, 26 May 2013)
Injuries
A thigh injury meant he was unable to act as a guide to Brazilian Para athlete Felipe da Souza Gomes at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 13 Feb 2016; folha.uol.com.br, 26 May 2013)
Impairment
His optical nerve is affected by a neurological condition. He first noticed the symptoms in 2009, although he did not realise the extent of the problem until 2012. (folha.uol.com.br, 26 May 2013)
Other information
FROM GUIDE TO PARA ATHLETE
He competed as a guide at the Paralympic Games for Brazilian athletes Adria Santos [2004] and Terezinha Guilhermina [2008], winning a total of six medals. He began noticing issues with his sight in 2009, but it was not until a few years later that he realised his vision impairment was becoming serious. "In 2009 I had some tests done, which detected some issues with my eyes but I did not do any further investigation. In 2012 I ran over two dogs and realised that my sight was not the same." (folha.uol.com.br, 26 May 2013)