More about Luis' life as an athlete: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H31VxZDbQ8Q
Colombia’s Luis Herazo is a shining example of how Para sport can be used to change perceptions of what is humanly possible, even proving members of his own family wrong in his short life.
Three years ago Herazo, who has a form of cerebral palsy that affects the lower parts of his body, was lying in bed unable to move after four hours of surgery to improve his mobility. He was wondering what to do with his future after a difficult childhood.
Just a short time after his recovery, in 2013 he was invited to take part in a training camp held in his home town of Monteria and supported by the Agitos Foundation, the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).
“Being part of that programme was life-changing for me,” said Herazo.
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