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Susana Veiga

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 18 months, and took up competitive Para swimming in 2016. "It's better late than never, but I now wish that I had been doing it for longer."
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up swimming for medical reasons. "Water is my natural habitat. It was the most complete sport. The fact that there is no gravity allows better movement of my leg. I really enjoyed it because it gave me the chance to see other people with disabilities. Swimming gave me self-esteem and confidence."
Club / Team
Clube Natacao Colegio Vasco da Gama [CNCVG]: Sintra, POR
Name of coach
Nuno Quintanilha [personal], POR
Training Regime
She has eight sessions in the water and three sessions in the gym each week.

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Dublin, IRL

General interest

Nicknames
Suz (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Listening to music, going to the beach. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nuno Quintanilha. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, Portuguese Para swimmer David Grachat. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Injuries
At age 14 she underwent surgery to extend her femur bone. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)

At age 12 she underwent surgery on her foot in order to acquire more motion. The surgery was not successful. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)

She required an operation after dislocating her hip at age six. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to classical music in the call room before competition. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People may think that swimming is an individual sport, but for me it is not. We train together, we compete together, and we make friendly connections with our teammates and rivals." (paralympic.org, 22 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
She was presented with a gold medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (fpnatacao.pt, 19 Oct 2019)

In 2018 she was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Portuguese Swimming Federation. (sintranoticias.pt, 06 Nov 2018)
Impairment
"At the age of one, my right leg was paralysed for five or six days. After that, I started moving the leg but with a lot of effort. After some tests and exams the doctors diagnosed me with a polio-like syndrome." (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021; revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)