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SILVA HIPOLITO Verônica
Sport Para athletics
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthSão Bernardo do Campo, BRA
Height1.60 m
Weight 48 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T38
Further Personal Information
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 10.
Why this sport?
Her parents encouraged her to try a number of sports so she could make friends and learn the value of effort.
Club / Team
Servico Social da Industria de Sao Paulo [SESI-SP]: Brazil
Name of coach
Daniel Biscola
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Origami, reading. (rio2016.com.br, 2014; paralympic.org, 02 Feb 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T38 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (paralympic.org, 20 Apr 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (paralympic.org, 24 May 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian para-sprinters Yohansson Nascimento and Daniel Mendes da Silva. (paralympic.org, 24 May 2015)
Injuries
In 2015 she underwent surgery which prevented her from competing at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (paralympic.org, 02 Feb 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"An athlete is not made of luck. If we were, we would have won the lottery, not be practising sport. An athlete is made from training." (rio2016.com.br, 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2013 Newcomer of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (paralympic.org, 12 Dec 2013)
Other sports
She competed in able-bodied athletics until April 2013, when she discovered she was eligible for Paralympic events. (portalpcdonline.com.br, 25 Oct 2013)
Impairment
She discovered she had a brain tumour in 2008, which was removed by doctors. She then had a stroke in March 2011 that affected the movement on the right side of her body. She lost strength in her leg and hand, and is unable to raise her right arm. The brain tumour returned in 2012 and was treated with medication. (portalpcdonline.com.br, 25 Oct 2013; lancenet.com.br, 26 Jul 2013)
Other information
STUDIES ON HOLD
She put her university studies on hold so that she could prepare for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 02 Feb 2016)

YOUNGEST
She was the youngest member of the Brazilian squad at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (lancenet.com.br, 26 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 100m T38 12.88
8 2016 Long Jump T38 4.37
3 2016 400m T38 1:03.14
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2013 200m T38 27.49
2 2013 100m T38 13.26
6 2013 Long Jump T37/38 4.13