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ARANHA Fernando
Sport Para athletics, Para cross-country, Para Triathlon
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthSão Paulo, BRA
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
LW11.5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cotia, BRA
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Media Production - University Sant'Anna: São Paulo, BRA
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Clube de Ciclismo de Sao Jose dos Campos: Brazil
General Interest
Hobbies
Basketball, athletics, cycling, cross-country skiing, jujitsu. (Facebook page, 13 Sep 2017)
Hero / Idol
Swiss Para skier, Swiss handcyclist Heinz Frei, Japanese Para skier Kozo Kubo, Brazilian basketball player Oscar Schimit, US basketball player Michael Jordan, Italian cyclist Mario Cipollini, Brazilian marathon runner Vanderlei de Lima. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He sometimes writes the names of athletes he admires on his equipment before competing, in order to inspire and push himself further. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Something is impossible until someone doubts and decides to prove the contrary." [Albert Einstein] (aranhatriathlon.com.br, 10 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the Para-Triathlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016 by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (cpb.org.br, 09 Dec 2015; paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2016)

He was Brazil's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (paralympic.org, 16 Mar 2014)
Other sports
He has competed in handcycling and para-skiing at international level. He participated in para-cross country at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi after first trying the sport in 2012 in Ostersund, Sweden. (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (aranhatriathlon.com.br, 10 Mar 2017)
Impairment
He has paraplegia as the result of the effects of polio contracted at age four. (aranhatriathlon.com.br, 10 Mar 2017; Athlete, 13 Mar 2014; ruvr.ru, 22 Jan 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He serves as the vice president of the Brazilian Confederation of Winter Sports [CBDN] Athletes Commission. He also serves as an ambassador for the project 'Inclusive You: Building a Legacy in Education.' The project aims to improve the quality of life of children with disabilities through inclusion in sports and education. (brasilzerograu.com, 15 Jun 2017; medium.com, 13 Oct 2016)

NATIONAL FIRST
In 2016 he became the first Brazilian athlete to compete at both the winter and summer editions of the Paralympic Games when he competed in triathlon at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, having previously participated in alpine skiing at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. (medium.com, 13 Oct 2016)

BENEFITS OF SKIING ON TRIATHLON
He believes the techniques and skills he has learnt from para-skiing transfer to his preferred sport of triathlon. "I like being outdoors in the cold weather. Skiing was an opportunity to improve my endurance, technique, and physical abilities for triathlon, especially for swimming which is where I was weakest." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
15 2014 15km - Sitting 51:03.3 
Qualification 2014 1km Sprint - Sitting 2:33.78
21 2014 10km - Sitting 36:44.0
World Championships - Para cross-country
Rank Year Event Result
28 2012/2013 1km Sprint - Sitting  
26 2012/2013 15km - Sitting 59:21.9
26 2012/2013 10km - Sitting 32:22.5
Paralympic Games - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 PT1 1:06:51
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
8 2015 PT1 1:07:05
10 2016 PT1 1:12:26
6 2017 PTWC 1:12:15
10 2018 PTWC 1:06:30
11 2019 PTWC 1:20:54
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
6 2018 PTWC  
5 2018 PTWC  
5 2018 PTWC