Chilean delegation ready for Sao Paulo 2017

Led by table tennis player Matias Pino and track and field athlete Amanda Cerna, Chile are hoping to win multiple medals at the fourth Youth Parapans. 11 Mar 2017
Matias Pino of Chile

Chilean table tennis player Matias Pino

ⒸThomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC
By Sao Paulo 2017 and IPC

At Sao Paulo 2017 Chile seek to outdo their performance from the latest edition of the Youth Parapan American Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2013.

Four years ago they won 18 medals overall, including three golds, six silvers and nine bronzes.

The South American nation is expected to have the sixth largest delegation in Sao Paulo, with athletes competing in up to nine sports.

All eyes will be on table tennis player Matias Pino, swimmer Valentina Munoz and track and field athlete Amanda Cerna, all of whom competed at Rio 2016. The latter even almost reached the podium at last year´s Paralympic Games, finishing fourth in the women´s 400m T47.

Paralympic experience

Chile made their Paralympic debut at Barcelona 1992 through swimmer Gabriel Vallejos Contreras and powerlifter Victor Valderrama. Track athlete Cristian Valenzuela won the country´s only Paralympic medal ever, a gold in the men´s 5,000m T11 at London 2012.

Two years ago, Chile shined on the continental stage by winning four golds, two silvers and six bronzes at the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Around 1,000 athletes, aged 12-20 years old, from 20 countries are expected to participate in Sao Paulo from 20-25 March, with 12 sports being contested: athletics, boccia, football 5, football 7, goalball, judo, powerlifting, sitting volleyball, swimming, table tennis, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tennis.

Buenos Aires 2013 attracted more than 600 athletes from 16 countries, who competed across 10 sports. Brazil topped the medal table and 15 countries reached the podium at least once.

Barquisimeto, Venezuela, staged the inaugural edition in 2005, with athletes from 10 countries competing, whilst a total of 14 countries attended the event in Bogota, Colombia, in 2009.

For more information visit Sao Paulo 2017’s website.