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Samaria Segura

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Tegucigalpa, HON
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Banking, Finance - National Autonomous University of Honduras [UNAH]: Tegucigalpa, HON

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming while at school in Yuscaran, Honduras.
Why this sport?
She originally participated in athletics at school, until one day a teacher invited her to try swimming. "I loved athletics, but [teacher] Maylo Nunez asked me if I wanted to try swimming. I didn't like the idea at first. I wasn't worried about being able to swim or not due to my hands, I just didn't think it was a sport for me. Nevertheless, once I got in the water I discovered I was born to swim."
Club / Team
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras [UNAH]: Tegucigalpa, HON
Training Regime
She trains five days per week, for three hours each day.

General interest

Nicknames
Sammy (dejandohuellahonduras.com, 06 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When I am in the water I feel emotion and adrenaline and I like that a lot, it's a passion I have for swimming." (diariomas.hn, 31 Mar 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received a Youth Award from the National Youth Institute, which is part of the Honduras government. The award is given to young people whose lives are examples of dedication and achievement in social and intellectual accomplishments. The award was given to her by the president of Honduras. (presencia.unah.edu.hn, 12 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (diariomas.hn, 31 Mar 2019)
Impairment
At age eight months she suffered third-degree burns when a gas lamp exploded in her bedroom, and the mosquito net around her bed caught fire. Doctors had to amputate fingers on both her hands, and she travelled to the United States of America twice to have plastic surgery on her face, arms, hands and legs. (dejandohuellahonduras.com, 06 Apr 2019; diariomas.hn, 31 Mar 2019; diez.hn, 16 Apr 2019)