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ORREGO CAMPOS Mauricio Esteban
Sport Para athletics
NPC Chile   
GenderMen
Age20
Place of BirthHualpén, CHI
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Concepción, CHI
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014.
Why this sport?
He discovered the sport during a sports workshop at his school. He tried but later abandoned it, only to be encouraged by a sports teacher to return to compete at a national scholar championship. "He told me, 'if you train you can go far.' That motivated me. I went to the championship and I haven't stopped since."
Club / Team
Club Atletico Nahuen: Concepción, CHI
Name of coach
Jorge Grosser [personal], CHI
General Interest
Nicknames
Maicho (tvu.cl, 24 Sep 2019)
Hobbies
Supporting Chilean football team Universidad de Chile. (Facebook profile, 05 Apr 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T46 1500m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (diarioconcepcion.cl, 27 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (alairelibre.cl, 25 Aug 2019)
Hero / Idol
Coach Jorge Grosser, British athlete Mo Farah. (Full Polideportivo YouTube channel, 17 Oct 2018)
Injuries
He was twice affected by tonsillitis that prevented him from training for four days before competing at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (diarioconcepcion.cl, 27 Aug 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Maybe I haven't reached the goal yet, but today I'm closer than yesterday." (Facebook profile, 19 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was presented with the Best of the Best Athletes Award by Bio Bio region in Chile. (biobiodeportivo.cl, 03 Jan 2020)

He was Chile's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. (triunfo.lanacion.cl, 02 Sep 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (diarioconcepcion.cl, 14 Aug 2017)
Impairment
A medical incident at birth left him with an obstetric brachial paralysis injury that affected the ligaments in his left arm. (Full Polideportivo YouTube channel, 17 Oct 2018; diarioconcepcion.cl, 14 Aug 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 1500m T46 4:12.35
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
13 2019 1500m T46 4:23.55