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Marta Fernandez Infante

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S4, SB3, SM4

Further personal information

Residence
Valladolid, ESP
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - University of Valladolid: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age three. She took up competitive Para swimming at age 17.
Why this sport?
She first began swimming as part of her rehabilitation. Later, she returned to the sport after becoming hooked on the feeling of competing. "Now I can't imagine my life without training or competing. I'd get so bored. In the water, I feel free, like a fish."
Club / Team
CD Fusion: Spain
Name of coach
Maria Folgado [national], ESP, Raul Carrasco [personal]; Javier Alonso [personal], ESP
Training Regime
She trains at the Rio Esgueva National Swimming Centre in Valladolid, Spain.

International debut

Year
2021
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Funchal, POR

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals [one gold, one silver, one bronze] at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (efe.com, 28 Dec 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (efe.com, 28 Dec 2021; tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Teresa Perales. (efe.com, 28 Dec 2021; tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is for enjoying." (Facebook profile, 24 Apr 2015)
Awards and honours
She received the 2021 Castile and Leon Sports Award in Spain, in recognition of her performance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (abc.es, 04 Apr 2022; efe.com, 04 Apr 2022)

She was flag bearer for Spain at the closing ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (efe.com, 28 Dec 2021)

In 2021 she received the Sports Values Award at the La 8 Burgos Awards in Spain. (diariodeburgos.es, 17 Dec 2021)

The swimming pool at the San Amaro Sport Complex in Burgos, Spain, was renamed after her in recognition of her performance at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (efe.com, 28 Dec 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal, and the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (fedpc.org, 03 May 2022; efe.com, 28 Dec 2021)
Impairment
She was born with spastic tetraparesis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the entire body. (tokio2020.dxtadaptado.com, 25 Jul 2021)