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SANTOS Roseane
Sport Para athletics
NPC Brazil   
Place of BirthRecife, BRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 24.
Why this sport?
One day she was approached by a stranger on the street, who asked her if she wanted to be an athlete and a world record holder. Despite her reluctance, she attended a training session and began competing, mainly in the hope of earning enough money to buy a house for her mother. "I did not know that sport for the impaired existed. If I had, I might have searched for it before. But I did not leave the house for years because I didn't want people to ask questions about what had happened."
Name of coach
Walquiria Campelo [personal]; Vanessa Melo [personal]
Training Regime
She trains from Monday to Friday, doing gym sessions in the morning and sessions on the track in the afternoon.
General Interest
Rosinha, Rosie (Athens, 2004; 28 Apr 2003)
Hero / Idol
Her mother. (, 03 Jun 2007)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport has helped me to have more health and stamina to fight in life." (, 28 Apr 2003)
To create a training centre for para-sports after she retires. (, 06 Aug 2015)
She was hit by a truck at age 18, which resulted in her left leg being amputated above the knee. (, 07 Sep 2015;, 31 Jul 2015)
Other information
In April 2014 she was diagnosed with throat cancer. Despite undergoing surgery and chemotherapy, she continued training at a slower rate. She was given a clean bill of health in 2015 and even managed to break a Brazilian national record while undergoing treatment. "My fear was losing the only sponsor I had, so I wanted to go to the Caixa Loterias Circuit in March 2015, despite undergoing chemotherapy. I had a rough time on the plane, but I ended up breaking a record." (, 07 Sep 2015,, 27 Mar 2015)

She intends to retire after the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 06 Aug 2015)

In 2014 she founded the Rosinha Santos Athletics Association, aimed at helping young para-athletes. In August 2016 she was the subject of a television documentary in the Discovery Channel. (Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Facebook page, 31 Aug 2016;, 16 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2000 Discus Throw F58 31.58
5 2000 Javelin Throw F58 19.39
1 2000 Shot Put F58 9.00
8 2004 Shot Put F56-58 8.98 
6 2004 Discus Throw F56-58 31.73 
7 2008 Shot Put F57-58 9.06
7 2008 Discus Throw F57/58 30.51
7 2016 Shot Put F57 8.36
7 2016 Discus Throw F57 25.16
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2003 Shot Put F57-58 8.68
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 1998 Discus Throw F58 21.28
7 1998 Javelin Throw F56-58 15.84
2 2002 Shot Put F58 9.08
3 2002 Discus Throw F58 29.42
3 2006 Shot Put F58 8.55
2 2006 Discus Throw F58 29.67