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AQUIJE Lourdes
Sport Para athletics
NPC Peru   
GenderWomen
Age31
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Kevin Morales
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lima, PER
Occupation
Journalist
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Communications, Journalism - National University of San Marcos: Lima, PER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics in 2017 at the Asociacion Yo Soy Sus Ojos [I am Your Eyes Association] in Peru.
Why this sport?
"Prior to my impairment, I practised karate. I thought I could not practise any sport, until 2017, when I learned about the Yo Soy Sus Ojos [I am Your Eyes Association], where the visually impaired could practise recreational athletics. There I started running, but I wanted more adrenaline. Then by chance I was enrolled in a national championships, where I raced in 100m, 200m and 400m. In April 2018 I was contacted by national coach Miguel Calmet. He was doing some tests and then summoned me to join the national Para athletics team. I discovered that I could do something else. I could set new goals, new dreams, to represent my country in international events."
Club / Team
Yo Soy Sus Ojos: Lima, PER
Name of coach
Miguel Calmet [national], PER
Training Regime
She trains up to six days a week at the Chorrillos Military School in Lima, Peru.
General Interest
Nicknames
Lou (Facebook profile, 30 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Blogging, photography, reading, cooking. (habemusdataperu.wordpress.com, 22 Oct 2018; Facebook profile, 30 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother and sister. (peru.com, 15 Jul 2019)
Other sports
She competed in karate at national level in Peru. (larepublica.pe, 22 Aug 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (larepublica.pe, 22 Aug 2019)
Impairment
In 2004 she was diagnosed with lupus, a long-term autoimmune disease. She was treated with corticosteroids [steroid hormones] which resulted in glaucoma. She lost her vision in 2005. (rcrperu.com, 24 Jun 2019; latina.pe, 17 May 2019)
Other information
ACTING
She is a member of the Sin Verguenza theatre group in Peru, which features people with visual impairments and is directed by Peruvian actor Lucho Caceres. "During my studies, I took up theatre because I wanted to show my personality, to be more outgoing. My idea was to complement acting with dancing, since I was a little girl I liked it and I wanted to perfect this passion." In 2019 she also starred in a short film which was previewed at the 2019 Lima Film Festival in Peru. (larepublica.pe, 22 Aug 2019; cocktail.pe, 16 Aug 2019; rcrperu.com, 24 Jun 2019; habemusdataperu.wordpress.com, 22 Oct 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2019 200m T11 30.72
7 2019 100m T11 14.71