Jose Miguel Ramirez Gonzalez

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age five.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as well as tennis in order to improve his physical condition and for social reasons. He combined both sports until 2016 when he decided to focus solely on swimming. "I like swimming because I feel free in the water."

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, dancing, walking in the countryside, fishing. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Nancy Patricia Venegas Facebook page, 06 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received the Policarpa Salavarrieta Order of Merit from the government of the Cundinamarca department in Colombia. (Nancy Patricia Venegas Facebook page, 06 Aug 2019)

He was Colombia's flag bearer at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019)

He was named Sportsperson of the Year of Cajica, Colombia in 2018, and Para Athlete of the Year in Cajica in 2017. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019; extrategiamedios.com, 02 Apr 2018)

He received the Silver Condor Award as Revelation Athlete of the Year of Cundinamarca in 2017. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019; extrategiamedios.com, 02 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019)
Impairment
He was born with mosaicism, a form of Down syndrome. (insdeportescajica.gov.co, 06 Mar 2019)