20960-Raissa Rocha Machado photo

Raissa Rocha Machado



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
T54, F56

Further personal information

São Paulo, BRA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 13 in Uberaba, Brazil.
Why this sport?
"For a long time, I participated in gymnastics and athletics competitions. And if you ask me which one I liked best, I think it was the first one. But the more time went by, the more coaches told me to focus on athletics. At the age of 14, I was told that I would be a future athlete and could make my family proud."
Name of coach
Joao Paulo Alves da Cunha

General interest

Boto (Facebook profile, 05 Nov 2020)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian artistic gymnast Daiane dos Santos. (, 17 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Having a physical impairment does not mean that I am unable to get where I want to." (, 15 May 2019)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 17 Apr 2020)
She was born with a congenital malformation to her lower limbs. (, 01 Sep 2019)
Other information
She did not achieve the results she had hoped for at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I trained hard. I really wanted to win and put a lot of pressure on myself. I was 20 years old and when I got there, with so many people watching me in a competition in Brazil, it was shocking. I had to learn that losing is also important. I almost fell into a depression after Rio, but I realised that until then, I had not appreciated my potential. This defeat made me look at the sport in another way." (, 15 May 2019)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F56 Final 1 2015-10-29 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F56 Final Round 2016-09-10 6