Nanilza dos Santos Silva
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Partner Wanderson Silva de Oliveira
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2014.
Why this sport?
"A friend of mine introduced me to the sport saying that I had a good chance of going into Para athletics, competing in the Paralympic Games and winning titles. At first, I was a little doubtful, but as I like challenges, I decided to follow her advice."
Club / Team
Associacao Petrolinense de Atletismo [APA]: Petrolina, BRA
Nanny (terra.com.br, 16 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I can, then you can." (terra.com.br, 16 Aug 2016)
Her partner Wanderson Silva de Oliveira represented Brazil in seven-a-side football at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 21 Sep 2019; ande.org.br, 01 Jan 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (terra.com.br, 16 Aug 2016)
Her arms were amputated as a result of high-voltage electrocution while she played at a mango tree at age 10. Both arms had to be amputated since they no longer responded to stimuli. (terra.com.br, 16 Aug 2016)