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Mauricio Esteban Orrego Campos

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
T46

Further personal information

Residence
Concepción, CHI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014.
Why this sport?
He discovered Para athletics during a sports workshop at his school. He tried but later abandoned it, only to be encouraged by a sports teacher to return to compete at a national school championship. "He told me, 'If you train you can go far'. That motivated me. I went to the championship and I haven't stopped since."
Club / Team
Club Newen: Concepción, CHI
Name of coach
Jorge Grosser [national], CHI

General interest

Nicknames
Maicho (tvu.cl, 24 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Supporting Chilean football team Universidad de Chile. (Facebook profile, 05 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T46 1500m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Apr 2021; diarioconcepcion.cl, 27 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (alairelibre.cl, 25 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Coach Jorge Grosser, British athlete Mo Farah. (Full Polideportivo YouTube channel, 17 Oct 2018)
Injuries
A knee injury prevented him from competing at the 2021 Grand Prix event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (diarioconcepcion.cl, 10 Feb 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Maybe I haven't reached the goal yet, but today I'm closer than yesterday." (Facebook profile, 19 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with the Athlete of the Year Award in the Bio Bio region of Chile. (biobiodeportivo.cl, 03 Jan 2020)

He was Chile's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (triunfo.lanacion.cl, 02 Sep 2019)

In 2017 he received a Recognition Award from the Municipality of Hualpen, Chile. (hualpenciudad.cl, 23 Mar 2021; biobiochile.cl, 06 Aug 2017)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games and at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. (santiago2023.org, 11 Dec 2020; diarioconcepcion.cl, 14 Aug 2017)
Impairment
A medical incident at birth left him with an obstetric brachial paralysis injury that affected the ligaments in his left arm. (Full Polideportivo YouTube channel, 17 Oct 2018; diarioconcepcion.cl, 14 Aug 2017)