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Wendell Belarmino Pereira

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Family
Partner Marina
Residence
Sobradinho, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
He initially began swimming to help with breathing problems. He was later invited to a Para swimming meet at Minas Brasilia Tennis Club in Brazil, where he was spotted by coach Marcos Lima Espirito Santo. "I started swimming to help with motor development and improve breathing problems. For a while, I practised horseback riding too, but I had to stop because of an eye operation. Then I went back to swimming and never stopped."
Club / Team
Instituto Pro Brasil [BRA] / University of Brasilia [BRA]:
Name of coach
Marcus Lima Espirito Santo [club, national], BRA, since 2015
Training Regime
He trains for three hours every day.

General interest

Hobbies
Indoor skydiving, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, films, audio books. (globoesporte.globo.com, 21 Apr 2021; correiobraziliense.com.br, 28 Dec 2020; metropoles.com, 29 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The main role of sport in my life was to prove, not only to myself, but to all people, that I can do whatever I want. It's not because I have a disability or a limitation that I can't do something. I believe 99% of things are possible for me to do." (globoesporte.globo.com, 21 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named Newcomer of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee. (cpb.org.br, 17 Dec 2019)

In 2018, 2017 and 2016 he was named Para Swimmer of the Year in Brasilia, Brazil. (agenciabrasilia.df.gov.br, 17 Dec 2018, 11 Apr 2018, 13 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
Winning gold and breaking a world record at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (mackenzie.br, 19 Jan 2021)
Impairment
He was born with congenital glaucoma. He then underwent six cornea transplants and, at age 21, he had 3% vision. (cpb.org.br, 05 Apr 2020; metropoles.com, 29 Sep 2019; df.superesportes.com.br, 07 May 2017)