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Juan Antonio Saavedra Reinaldo

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
SH1, SH2

Further personal information

Residence
Vigo, ESP
Occupation
Consultant
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began shooting in 1991.
Why this sport?
He played handball before his amputation and wanted to remain involved in sport after his operation. He was introduced to shooting by his uncle at age 17.
Name of coach
Manuel Sainz Diego [national], ESP; Guy Starik [personal], ISR
Training Regime
He trains at the Cernadinas Novas shooting range in Pontevedra, Spain. "I live in Vigo, but I commute to Pontevedra at the weekend because it is the only shooting range available. During weekdays, I train at home, but without live ammunition. I train with an electronic carbine. It is not the same, but similar."
Handedness
Right

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking, going to concerts, being with his friends. (dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Participating in the opening ceremony at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney with his brother Pablo. (dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal, US skateboarder Tony Hawk, Brazilian footballer Pele. (dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to rock music before competitions. "The harder the music, the more focused I get." (dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"In shooting you fight against yourself and it helps you face your fears. It is a sport of constant improvement in which you seek perfection, something that does not exist, but which becomes almost an obsession. You learn to compete under stress and with a lot of tension and it helps me apply those qualities to my day-to-day life." (tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2013 he received the Royal Order of Sports Merit silver medal from the High Council for Sports in Spain. (csd.gob.es, 27 Sep 2013)
Other sports
He has represented Spain in Para swimming and competed at the 1998 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. (rtve.es, 29 Jan 2021)
Famous relatives
His brother Pablo represented Spain in Para swimming and competed at the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Paralympic Games. He won bronze in the S7-10 men's 4x100m freestyle relay at the 1996 Games in Atlanta and also won one silver medal and three bronze medals at the 1998 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Aug 2021; rtve.es, 29 Jan 2021; marca.com, 04 Sep 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rtve.es, 29 Jan 2021)
Impairment
At age 15 part of his left arm was amputated as the result of cancer. (marca.com, 04 Sep 2012)
Other information
PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE
He has competed in four editions of the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004, 2012 and 2016 and believes that experience has given him qualities that give him an advantage over younger competitors. "What youth gives you does not compensate for what experience offers. I watch young shooters who in good conditions score great but, as soon as there is rain or wind, their scores plummet. This is, to a large extent, due to the mental aspect, as you have to be very strong psychologically, after being trained to aim at the centre of the target, to deceive your own brain and apply compensation when there is wind or rain. These tricks, adjustments and composure come only with time and experience." (rtve.es, 29 Jan 2021; atlantico.net, 07 Dec 2020)

FROM SWIMMING TO SHOOTING
He previously competed for Spain in Para swimming, including at the 1998 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, but he switched to Para shooting when he thought his older age would prove beneficial to competing in that sport. "In the end, I had to abandon swimming because of my age. It is a very demanding sport and so I opted for shooting, which has less physical wear and tear and where age is sometimes even a positive." (tododisca.com, 02 Jan 2021)

OCCUPATION
He has worked as an energy consultant in Vigo, Spain. "Not all shooters are policemen or work in the army. In fact, our sport, which is of extreme precision, has little to do with their work. I would like to dedicate myself full-time to shooting, but it is impossible. Everything comes out of my pocket and there are many costs like ammunition, travel and carbines, which are expensive." (tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021; atlantico.net, 07 Dec 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as president of the Lucero Olympic Shooting Club in Pontevedra, Spain. (tiroalcorcon.com, 15 May 2011)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2010 IPC Shooting World Championships (Zagreb, Croatia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2010-07-19 11
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2010-07-21 25
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-01 1
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2012-09-01 7
R4 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Standing SH2 Qualification 2012-09-02 15
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2012-09-04 3
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Final Round 2012-09-04 2
2014 IPC Shooting World Championships (Suhl, Germany)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-21 26
Mixed 10m Air Rifle standing SH2 Qualification 2014-07-21 53
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Elimination 2014-07-22 18
Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2014-07-22 21
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R3 - Mixed 10 m Air Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-10 10
R6 - Mixed 50 m Rifle Prone SH1 Qualification 2016-09-14 12
Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships (Cheongju, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
R6 - Mixed 50m Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 11
R3 - Mixed 10m Air Rifle prone SH1 Qualification 2018-05-05 27