Home teams for Mexico City 2017 named

Swimmers and powerlifters will represent hosts at home World Championships. 20 Jul 2017
two para swimmers and two para powerlifters compete in their sports

(L-R) Gustavo Sanchez, Juan Reyes, Amalia Perez and Catalina Diaz lead Mexico's squad for the World Championships.

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By NPC Mexico

Mexico will be represented by 11 swimmers and nine powerlifters at their home World Para Swimming and World Para Powerlifting Championships in Mexico City, from 30 September-6 October, as announced by its National Paralympic Committee.

Four Paralympic champions will be jumping into the pool: two-time gold medallists Jose Castorena and Gustavo Sanchez, double Beijing 2008 champion Nely Miranda, three-time gold medallist Juan Reyes and four-time Paralympic champion Patricia Valle.

Parapan American champions Haidee Viviana Aceves Perez, Cristopher Tronco and Vianney Trejo will also swim for Mexico. Raul Gutierrez, who won multiple medals at the Sao Paulo 2017 Youth Parapan American Games, will be one of the new faces in the team.

Luis Andrade, Jesus Hernandez Hernandez, Diego Lopez and Naomi Somellera will complete the Mexican squad.

At the same time, the home crowd will be confident of landing gold in powerlifting through multiple-Paralympic and world champion Amalia Perez in the women’s up to 55kg.

Paralympic medallists Catalina Diaz (women’s up to 86kg), Perla Barcenas (women’s over 86kg), Jose de Jesus Castillo Castillo (men’s up to 107kg) and Laura Cerero (women’s up to 50kg) will also be chasing gold at Mexico City 2017.

Mayra Hernandez (women’s up to 50kg), Miriam Aguilar (women’s up to 61kg), Maria del Socorro Lira (women’s over 86kg) and Porfirio Arredondo (men’s up to 88kg) are the other four Mexican powerlifters set to compete at this year’s Worlds.

The 2017 Para Sport Festival will feature both the World Para Swimming Championships and World Para Powerlifting Championships, the first time that two of the biggest Para sport competitions have been held together.

Around 550 swimmers from more than 60 countries are expected to compete at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool, whilst more than 360 powerlifters from 65 countries will gather in the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium.

For more information, visit Mexico City 2017’s website.