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Sofia Gonzalez

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T63

Further personal information

Residence
Vevey, SUI
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, German, Spanish

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London but she could only begin the sport in 2016 after taking part in an Ottobock 'run + play' sport camp for people using prosthetic limbs. She trained with German Para athlete Heinrich Popow at the camp, and was immediately attracted to the sport. "[Watching the 2012 Games in London] was the first click. I finally realised that I was not alone. Shortly after, I inquired about the equipment, their shape, their resistance, their availability on the market. But then I immediately realised that acquiring was not just a matter of willpower, let alone a few cents. I quickly liked it [when she first used a running prosthetic in 2016]. As crazy as it sounds, it was the first time I ran in my life, at age 15. I felt free."
Name of coach
Georg Pfarrwaller [national]

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Switzerland
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Photography, dancing, arts. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019; YouTube channel, 25 Aug 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing in fourth place in the T63 100m at the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
German Para sprinter Johannes Floors. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My difference is my attitude." (Instagram profile, 11 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the Newcomer of the Year Award in 2019 at the Swiss Paralympic Night Gala in Bern, Switzerland. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Mar 2019; plusport.ch, 01 Dec 2019)

She carried the Olympic torch on its way through Lausanne, Switzerland, for the 2020 Youth Olympic Winter Games in Lausanne. (Facebook page, 09 Jan 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Her long-term goal is to win a medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (plusport.ch, 01 Nov 2017; plusport.ch, 01 Dec 2017)
Impairment
She was born with a congenital leg malformation. At age three, her right leg was amputated. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2019; plusport.ch, 04 Jun 2018)