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Ruben Linhares

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8

Further personal information

Residence
Rio Maior, POR
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Sports and Recreation Studies - Rio Maior School of Sport: Portugal

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal, but it was not until age 13 that he took up competitive Para swimming.
Why this sport?
"My parents wanted me to start swimming so that I could look after my health and practise a sport."
Club / Team
Feira Viva CD: Santa Maria da Feira, POR
Name of coach
Carla Cardoso [club], POR

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Eindhoven, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Nutellaman ["Because I love Nutella"] (Athlete, 10 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four medals at the 2015 European Para Youth Games in Varazdin, Croatia. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
His mother, and coach Carla Cardoso. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never surrender." (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 10 Mar 2016)
Impairment
He was born with a congenital malformation in his hands and feet. (cm-feira.pt, 27 Nov 2017; Athlete, 10 Mar 2016)