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FAUNDEZ ORELLANA Margarita
Sport Para athletics
NPC Chile   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthSantiago, CHI
Height1.58 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T11, F11
Guide
Rodrigo Machado Hamilton
Further Personal Information
Residence
Chile
Occupation
Massage Therapist
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 20 in Santiago, Chile.
Why this sport?
"I realised that I liked to run and to challenge myself every day. I feel free by running."
Club / Team
Club Jaguares: Santiago, CHI
Name of coach
Sebastian Alarcon Marchant [personal]
General Interest
Nicknames
Maggi (elfaromormon.org, 27 Mar 2014)
Hobbies
Music, art. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T12 1500m at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Ricardo Opazo. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Chilean Para distance runner Cristian Valenzuela. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2018 she sustained a fracture to her right foot. She recovered in time to compete at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where she won bronze in the T11 1500m. (milenio.com, 25 Aug 2019; Facebook profile, 10 Jul 2019; Instagram profile, 24 Mar 2019)

A knee injury affected her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Following the Games, she was unable to train until March 2017. (virun.cl, 15 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Improve every day." (Athlete, 22 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was presented with an Outstanding Performance award by the Chilean government in recognition of her results at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (emol.com, 31 Dec 2016)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Abastible YouTube channel, 19 Jul 2018)
Impairment
At age five she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that causes her vision to slowly deteriorate. (Athlete, 09 Nov 2019; parasuramericanos.santiago2014.cl, 30 Mar 2014)
Other information
SUPPORT PAYS OFF
She considered quitting the sport during the early part of 2019 after fracturing her right foot and losing her financial support from the Chilean government. She decided to persevere following encouragement from coach Sebastian Alarcon Marchant and her guide Rodrigo Machado Hamilton. She believes her choice was vindicated after she won bronze in the T11 1500m at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. "I feared I wouldn't reach the Games for a number of reasons. But the moment I was on the starting line, I was happy to be there, to feel that I had overcome the infinite obstacles I encountered along the way. I feel happy for the bronze medal I won - I really carry it like a gold medal in my heart." (milenio.com, 25 Aug 2019; Facebook profile, 27 Aug 2019)

PERSONAL BELIEFS
She won gold in the T12 800m at the 2014 Para South American Games in Santiago, Chile, despite the race being run on a Sunday. As a Mormon, her religious beliefs mean she is supposed to refrain from work on Sundays. "I had previously decided not to compete, but this time, the jobs of my coach, my guide and my medical staff were all at stake. It was not an option to skip the race. So I prayed and understood that running was my destiny, and I got prepared to be ready on the track." (theclinic.cl, 09 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 1500m T13 5:01.93
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2019 1500m T11 5:11.20
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015 400m T12 1:05.47
3 2015 1500m T13 4:51.88
6 2017 1500m T11 5:09.52
8 2017 800m T11 2:36.75
7 2019 1500m T11 5:13.56