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Rebeca Valenzuela Alvarez

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12

Further personal information

Residence
Hermosillo, MEX
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Political Science, Public Administration - University of Sonora: Hermosillo, MEX

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up throwing at age 15, having previously practised swimming and football, as well as sprint events in Para athletics.
Why this sport?
She was spotted by coach Raidel Lazaro Mantilla. "One day we had time off and the coaches told us to do whatever we wanted. I saw some boys throwing and gave it a try. The coach told me, 'You belong here'. I came by chance. I liked shot put and javelin throw. I consider them to be a challenge."
Club / Team
Sonora State: Mexico
Name of coach
Raidel Lazaro Mantilla [personal], CUB, from 2013
Training Regime
She trains for up to eight hours a day, six days a week.

General interest

Hobbies
Taking care of rescued cats, going to the cinema, planting seeds. (elsoldehermosillo.com.mx, 29 Feb 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Raidel Lazaro Mantilla. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
New Zealand athlete Valerie Adams. (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Injuries
She underwent surgery on her left wrist in December 2015. (gob.mx, 04 Apr 2016)

She has had persistent trouble with an herniated disc in her back. (elsoldehermosillo.com.mx, 29 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It is hard to defeat someone who never gives up." (Athlete, 15 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received the Sports Award in Sonora, Mexico. (Milenio YouTube channel, 21 Nov 2019)

She was flag bearer for Mexico at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (milenio.com, 23 Aug 2019)

She received a Paralympic sports award at the 2016 Mexican National Sports Awards. (gob.mx, 24 Jan 2017)

In 2016 she received the Premio Luchador Olmeca [Olmec Fighter Award] in Mexico. (codeme.com, 31 Mar 2017)

She was presented with the 2016 Municipal Sports Award by the Sports Institute of Hermosillo in Mexico. (entretodos.com.mx, 01 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To win two gold medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (elsoldehermosillo.com.mx, 29 Feb 2020)
Impairment
She has glaucoma, a condition that occurs when the optic nerve becomes damaged. Her vision impairment also includes macular growth, myopia, and astigmatism. (lasillarota.com, 14 Nov 2020; deportes.terra.com.mx, 13 Aug 2015)
Other information
LAW INITIATIVE
In 2020 she presented a bill that would give more legal rights and protection to coaches working for the Sports Commission of the State of Sonora [CODESON] in Mexico. She was inspired to raise the issue after her coach experienced heart problems on the morning of her competition at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The initiative, which was confirmed by the Sports Commission of the State Congress in Sonora in December 2020, was named 'Zupo's Law' after Mexican judoka Claudio Zupo, who passed away after contracting COVID-19. "Coaches don't have any access to social security because they are hired as freelancers, without a contract, and I don't think it's fair. They are besides us no matter what, and it seems unfair they don't have any workers' rights," Valenzuela said. (elsoldehermosillo.com.mx, 18 Dec 2020; lasillarota.com, 14 Nov 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F12/13 Final 2011-01-24 6
Women's Shot Put F12 Final 2011-01-26 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F12/13 Final Round 2012-09-02 4
Women's Shot Put F11/12 Final Round 2012-09-05 14
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F13 Final 1 2015-10-27 7
Women's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2015-10-31 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F12 Final Round 2016-09-14 3
Women's Javelin F13 Final Round 2016-09-17 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F12 Final 1 2017-07-23 3