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Nuria Marques Soto

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
Catalan, English, French, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - Autonomous University of Barcelona: Spain

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age three at the CN Martorell club in Spain. She began competing in Para swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
Her father and her doctors encouraged her to get involved in the sport. "I started with conventional swimming, with people without any impairment. I did workshops, like every kid who starts in a pool. Water was a means in which I felt I controlled, it was normal, and it made others see that I too could be just like them. That the fact that I was missing a leg was no impediment and I could continue to swim, to do what they did. And that has really led me to enjoy the sport a lot, to get where I got, to keep working."
Club / Team
CN Sant Feliu: Spain
Name of coach
Jaume Marce [personal], ESP
Training Regime
She trains at the Sant Cugat High Performance Centre in Barcelona, Spain. "I have three sessions per day, at 08:00, 12:00 and 16:00. Two of them in the pool and one in the gym."

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Spain
Location
Sheffield, ENG

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S9 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (as.com, 18 Nov 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Spanish Para swimmer Teresa Perales, Spanish swimmer Mireia Belmonte. (as.com, 18 Nov 2019; Athlete, 13 Aug 2018)
Injuries
She was affected by bursitis at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (projectrunningblade.co.uk, 01 Sep 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never forget to smile, for the day you don't smile will be a lost day. Nothing is impossible." (ellasvalenoro.es, 16 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was presented with the Paralympic Ace of Sport prize. (as.com, 03 Dec 2019)

She was named Best Athlete of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Spain, for the 2018/19 season. (labustia.cat, 08 Oct 2019)

She was named among the Best Athletes of 2017 at the National Sports Gala ceremony of the Spanish Association of Sports Press. (aepde.org, 26 Feb 2018)

She was named Spain's 2017 Athlete of the Year by the Olympo Deportivo magazine. (olympodeportivo.es, 30 Dec 2017)

In 2016 she received the Silver Medal to the Sports Merit from the Spanish National Sports Council [CSD]. (lainformacion.com, 20 Oct 2016)

She was named Female Athlete of the Year at the 2016 Mantorell Sports Gala in Spain. (cnmartorell.cat, 21 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gndiario.com, 28 Jan 2020)
Impairment
She was born with a congenital malformation in her left foot, which resulted in the amputation of her left leg. (swimbiz.it, 09 Jun 2014)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
She believes her parents' decision to treat her like any other child has contributed to her success in the sport. "My parents took me swimming and I did everything like any other girl, despite having several operations. My impairment was normalised because my parents did not overprotect me but they said, 'Do it yourself, we will help you'. They never eased anything for me, but they gave me the opportunity to cope for myself with their support. You must not hide at home with your impairment but face reality. The tendency when you see someone with a problem is to overprotect them, but this is a mistake. You must empower yourself and look for something that allows you to dream." (as.com, 18 Nov 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2015-07-13 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2015-07-13 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-14 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-16 10
Women's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2015-07-17 4
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-18 2
Women's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-09 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2016-09-11 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 4
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-12 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 3 2016-09-13 4
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2016-09-15 3
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 2016-09-16 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2016-09-16 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-04 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2017-12-04 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2017-12-06 4
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2017-12-07 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2017-12-07 2