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Phelipe Andrews Melo Rodrigues

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Family
Partner Liz Johnson
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Physical Education - Estacio de Sa University: Rio de Janeiro, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by doctors. "I started to practise swimming as a form of physiotherapy. Swimming is one of the best physical therapy methods for my disability and I ended up getting a taste for the sport."
Club / Team
Sociedade Esportiva Recreativa e Cultural: Brazil
Name of coach
Leonardo Tomasello Araujo [national], BRA

International debut

Year
2008
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Nicknames
PH (Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals and two bronze medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (gq.globo.com, 21 Dec 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmers Daniel Dias and Clodoaldo Silva. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He suffered two shoulder injuries following the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and was unable to train for five months in 2009. (brasil2016.gov.br, 03 Oct 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2019 Man of the Year by GQ magazine in Brazil. (gq.globo.com, 21 Dec 2019)

In 2018 he was inducted into the Pernambuco State Sports Hall of Fame in Brazil. (folhape.com.br, 19 Sep 2018)

He was named the 2014 Para Sports Achiever of the Year in Manchester, England. (manchester.gov.uk, 30 Apr 2015)
Other sports
He has competed in able-bodied swimming competitions at national level in Brazil. (pheliperodrigues.com, 01 Apr 2018)
Famous relatives
His partner Liz Johnson won medals for Great Britain in swimming at the Paralympic Games in 2004 [silver], 2008 [gold] and 2012 [bronze]. (Liz Johnson Instagram profile, 20 Mar 2020; globoesporte.globo.com, 24 Apr 2015; paralympics.org.uk, 26 Nov 2012)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gq.globo.com, 21 Dec 2019)
Impairment
He was born with an underdeveloped right foot. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; brasil2016.gov.br, 03 Oct 2016)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
He was unsure whether he would be able to compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, after the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] classification rules were revised. He was initially considered ineligible to compete in Para swimming following the changes, but he was classified into the S10 category on appeal. He went on to win seven gold medals and one bronze medal in Lima. "I had to take care of the physical and mental work, in addition to dealing with this problem. I didn't know if I was going to continue or if I was going to leave [the sport]. I talked to with my coach and my psychologist and asked, 'What can I do?'. And the only thing was to train. I trained as much as I could, even though I didn't know if I could compete. I arrived in Lima, I was reassessed and relaxed." (folhape.com.br, 23 Sep 2019; lance.com.br, 17 Jul 2019)

TIME ABROAD
He spent two years living in Manchester, England, before moving back to Brazil to focus on training ahead of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He continued representing Northumbria at the British University Championships. "I lived in England for two years [from 2012 to 2014], in the city of Manchester. It took a step up. Not in terms of performance, but it made me look at swimming with different eyes. I was starting to dislike the sport and there I liked it again." (gq.globo.com, 21 Dec 2019; jconline.ne10.uol.com.br, 22 Apr 2015)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
In December 2017 he was elected to serve as a member of the World Para Swimming Athletes' Advisory Group [AAG] between 2018 and 2021. He has also worked as a volunteer with Dreamflight, a UK charity that takes children with a serious illness or impairment on a trip to Orlando, FL, United States of America. (Facebook page, 06 Dec 2018; dreamflight.org, 01 Nov 2018; paralympic.org, 08 Dec 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a degree in leadership and business management at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. (Facebook page, 06 Dec 2018; pheliperodrigues.com, 01 Feb 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts Final Round 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-08-31 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-08-31 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 2012-09-01 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2012-09-01 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2012-09-06 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-09-06 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 7
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2013-08-12 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 2
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2013-08-16 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2013-08-18 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2015-07-13 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-18 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2015-07-18 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2016-09-13 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final Round 2016-09-13 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 3
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2017-12-06 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2017-12-06 3