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Jose Manuel Quintero Macias

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54, F54

Further personal information

Residence
Chiclana de la Frontera, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Building Management, Business Administration - University of Cadiz: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing at age 18 in Spain.
Why this sport?
"Sports is everything for me. It is my way of life since childhood. It was my dream to compete at the Paralympic Games."
Club / Team
CDT Paralympic Dream: Chiclana de la Frontera, ESP
Name of coach
Isabel Hurtado Díaz [personal], ESP
Training Regime
He trains at the athletics track in Chiclana de la Frontera, Spain.

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, travelling, watching films. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Spanish cyclist Jose Manuel Moreno. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In June 2019 he injured his neck while competing in Spain. He was able to take part in the Spanish national championships a month later. (elmira.es, 15 Jul 2019, 21 Jun 2019)

He injured a shoulder in 2018. (elmira.es, 30 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He does not like to compete with the numbers 112 or 13. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only impairment that exists is a bad attitude. Good attitude is the key to success." (Twitter profile, 15 Mar 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; diariodecadiz.es, 17 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Best Andalusian Athlete at the 2019 Andujar Sports Gala in Spain. (Twitter profile, 01 Jan 2020; Instagram profile, 31 Dec 2019; andujar.ideal.es, 14 Dec 2019)

In 2017 he received the Young Cadiz Award in the sports category from the Andalusian Youth Institute in Spain. (8tv Chiclana YouTube channel, 23 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He has won national titles in Spain in Para triathlon and Para swimming. He has competed at international level in Para triathlon and won a world championship in Para duathlon in 2019. (elmira.es, 10 Oct 2019, 29 Apr 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Mar 2019; dxtadaptado.com, 12 Jul 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (elmira.es, 07 Mar 2020; diariodecadiz.es, 17 Mar 2019)
Impairment
At age 13 he lost the ability to move his legs after back surgery. "I was doing some crunches at school when I injured my back. Doctors saw a little spot that they thought could be a benign tumour that would need to be removed. After telling me that the surgery would be easy I ended up in an intensive care unit and I was told that if in 72 hours I hadn't moved my legs I would use a wheelchair for the rest of my life. Once I got back home, after a long year, I struggled. But with the help of my parents I decided that I would go out and conquer the world." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; diariodecadiz.es, 17 Mar 2019; becasvamos.es, 11 Jun 2018; 8tv Chiclana YouTube channel, 23 Nov 2017)
Other information
ROLE MODEL
One of his biggest motivations as a Para athlete is to inspire others to pursue their dreams. "Helping people, with or without an impairment, gives me a lot of satisfaction. In the end the only impairment that exists is a bad attitude. There are people who have it all, but they go down mentally. They think everything is against them and in the end they do not push forward. I like to show them that they cannot get down and complain about what they don't have. I like to tell children that everything is possible with dedication and effort. I like to show them that we need to enjoy life and fight for our goals." (diariodecadiz.es, 21 May 2020, 17 Mar 2019)

STUDY BREAK
In 2019 he took a break from his business management studies in order to focus on training for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (diariodecadiz.es, 17 Mar 2019)