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Lucilene Da Silva Sousa

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport seriously in 2018 with the Associacao Paralimpica de Indaiatuba [ADI APIN].
Why this sport?
Two of her siblings are also vision impaired athletes and she followed in their footsteps. She initially competed in goalball but switched to swimming because she was invited to join the Brazilian national team after she broke the national record in the 50m freestyle.
Club / Team
Nauru Brasilia: Brazil
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello Araujo [national], BRA

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Brazil
Location
São Paulo, BRA

General interest

Nicknames
Luh (Facebook profile, 31 May 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (rededoesporte.gov.br, 06 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you want to achieve extraordinary things, you need to put in extraordinary effort." (Instagram profile, 17 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named Most Efficient Female Swimmer and Most Efficient Junior Female Swimmer at the 2018 National Championships in Brazil. (esporte.gov.br, 22 Oct 2018)
Other sports
She has represented Brazil in goalball and won gold at the 2017 Youth Parapan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (cpb.org.br, 05 Apr 2020; insidethegames.biz, 24 Mar 2017; handebolminuto.wordpress.com, 12 Jan 2017)
Famous relatives
Her siblings Antonio Jose and Josemarcio are also vision impaired athletes who have competed in goalball and Para athletics. Josemarcio was a member of the Brazilian goalball team that won bronze at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (cpb.org.br, 25 Apr 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 29 Nov 2013)
Impairment
She was born with a damaged optic nerve that has resulted in her gradually losing her vision. (cpb.org.br, 05 Apr 2020; globoesporte.globo.com, 29 Nov 2013)
Other information
FAMILY LIFE
She is the youngest of a 10-sibling family from Sao Miguel do Guama, Brazil. Her father died at about the time of her birth and her mother had to raise all of the children by herself. She and two other siblings, Antonio Jose and Josemarcio, were born with a vision impairment. Antonio Jose was the first to be involved in sports and was the inspiration for his siblings. Her brother Josemarcio has also encouraged her to continue doing sport. "There were times in which I wanted to stop. It's very difficult. But he [Josemarcio] supports me and encourages me." (cpb.org.br, 05 Apr 2020; globoesporte.globo.com, 29 Nov 2013)