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Rodrigo Hermosa

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

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

Further personal information

Residence
Luque, PAR
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Spanish

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five. He began competing in Para swimming in 2018.
Why this sport?
His parents and grandparents encouraged him to take up swimming. He also played able-bodied football for Club Porvenir Paraguayo in Luque, Paraguay, as well as able-bodied basketball. "I always liked sports. I had a good time with friends. There were never any difficulties and the groups accepted me as one of them. It was never an impediment to playing as an equal with others."
Club / Team
Centro Deportivo Sergio Yaka Cabrera: Asunción, PAR
Name of coach
Walter Eisenkolbl [club], PAR

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, playing video games. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Reaching the final of both the S9 50m freestyle and the S9 100m freestyle at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 25 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His parents and grandparents. (paraguaytv.gov.py, 02 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People have to follow what they are passionate about. Sport is something very beautiful that opens many doors for you and offers you many opportunities. Nothing is impossible in sport." (theworldnews.net, 01 Jun 2021)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 and 2024 Paralympic Games. (hoy.com.py, 09 Aug 2021; haupei24.com, 09 Aug 2021; independiente.com.py, 26 Jul 2021)
Impairment
He was born without his right arm below the elbow. "I had no accident, I was born with this impairment, although I never felt like a person with a disability." (paraguaytv.gov.py, 02 Aug 2021)