Vicente Enrique Almonacid Heyl
Type of Impairment
Origin of Impairment
S8, SB8, SM8
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age eight, and started taking the sport seriously in 2015 at the National Stadium Aquatic Centre in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
He tried a number of sports growing up to help with his rehabilitation. "I have always liked sports very much, and growing up it helped me a lot in my rehabilitation. I did handball, soccer, volleyball, running and skateboarding until I tried swimming. I liked it [swimming] because it is a very different sport from the rest. In 2015 I went to train with the national team and never left."
Name of coach
Jose Nicolas Mafio [national], URU
He trains at the High Performance Centre [CAR] in Santiago, Chile.
Mexico City, MEX
Watching television series, socialising with friends. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SB8 100m breaststroke at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jose Nicolas Mafio. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
British swimmer Adam Peaty. (Athlete, 10 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dreams are made to be real." (Teleton Chile Facebook page, 13 Dec 2017)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and to win gold at the 2023 Parapan American Games in Santiago, Chile. (santiago2023.org, 27 Oct 2020)
He was born with an aggressive form of fibromatosis, a condition in which tissue in the body develops tumours. The problem affected his left arm from birth, and at age five one of his fingers had to be amputated. In 2012 his lower arm was removed, and he has since lost the rest of his arm as well as his shoulder blade. "I was actually born with my arm, but I had a tumour and due to all the operations I had, treatments and more, I am now without my shoulder. It was not as 100% functional as my other arm, so it was not so difficult for me to learn everything with one hand." (paralimpico.cl, 01 Jun 2020; matiasvsarria.wixsite.com, 26 Dec 2018; paralimpicoschile.com, 14 Dec 2018; Isapre Colmena YouTube channel, 01 Aug 2017)
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8||Final 1||2017-12-05||7|
|Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB8||Heat 2||2017-12-05||6|