Yenisgladys Suarez Echevarria
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Industrial Engineering - University of Matanzas Camilo Cienfuegos: Cuba
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010, and began competing a year later.
Why this sport?
She was away from sports for six years following her accident. "After the accident I didn't want to practise any other sport. But I changed my mind when I was rehabilitating in hospital. I first wanted to try table tennis but I couldn't find a coach. But I did find a shooting coach, and that's how I began."
Name of coach
Osleiny Soca [national]
Yeni (Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 24 Jul 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the SH1 10m air pistol at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 24 Jul 2020)
At age 15 she began training with the Cuban national youth athletics team. (cubahora.cu, 28 Aug 2019)
Her mother Eloina Echevarria represented Cuba in long jump at the 1987 World Championships in Rome, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Aug 2020; jit.cu, 01 May 2020)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (jit.cu, 01 May 2020)
In 2003 she injured her spinal cord while weight training with the Cuban national youth athletics team. (Paralympic Games YouTube channel, 24 Jul 2020; jit.cu, 01 May 2020)