Laura Elizabeth Rodriguez Aristizabal

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S8, SB7

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Education, Social and Behavioral Science - Antioquia University: Medellín, COL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming competitively at age 18.
Why this sport?
She discovered there was a Para swimming team close to where she lived and decided she wanted to be part of it.
Club / Team
Andesir: Medellín, COL

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Swimming is not just therapy for me. I feel useful here, we train like able-bodied athletes and when I'm in the water, I am no different." (elcolombiano.com, 25 Nov 2016)
Impairment
On New Year's Day in 2006 a snake bit her while she was on a family outing in Antioquia, Colombia. She lost her left arm as a result of the bite. (elespectador.com, 05 Aug 2016)
Other information
TATTOOS
She has a map of the world tattooed on the left part of her torso, and four butterflies tattooed on her right leg. "They represent the journey I wish to take in order to participate at the Paralympic Games." (elespectador.com, 05 Aug 2016)