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Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
Place of BirthLisbon, POR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
English, Portuguese
Higher education
Pharmacy - University of Lisbon : Portugal
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age two and in 1996 he joined the SL Benfica club in Lisbon, Portugal. He began competing in Para swimming at age 18.
Why this sport?
He was convinced to try the sport because it would improve his health. He was also involved in equestrian during his childhood.
Club / Team
Gestao de Equipamentos Sociais de Loures [GesLoures]: Portugal
Training Regime
He has up to 10 training sessions a week in the pool, and up to five sessions at the gym.
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Copenhagen, DEN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two medals at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Paralimpicos YouTube channel, 05 Feb 2019)
Most influential person in career
His siblings. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese Para swimmer David Grachat. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like to fight for my goals and become stronger." (, 16 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
He was presented with a gold medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (, 19 Oct 2019)
He was born with hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsy [HNPP]. The condition affects the right side of his body. (, 16 Nov 2019; Athlete, 12 Aug 2018)
Other information
He has been enthusiastic about sports from an early age, but he was initially reluctant to compete in Para sport as it would mean admitting to himself that he was different. He decided to take up Para swimming at age 18. "I arrived at the pool to swim and a Para swimming training session was under way. Coach Carlos Mota and [fellow Portuguese Para swimmer] David Grachat saw me swimming and at the end the coach made me a proposition. I accepted the challenge. It was a different time then. I was more mature. I accepted my impairment. I stopped evading the issue and began talking openly about it." (, 02 Nov 2018)

At age seven he underwent surgery to lengthen his Achilles tendon. (, 02 Nov 2018)

He began studying for a master's degree in applied pharmaceutical sciences after receiving a grant from a charitable organisation in Lisbon, Portugal. The money meant he was able to combine his studies with his training schedule. "I wanted to return to school, but this grant helped me to make that decision. That allowed me to quit my job and to focus on my studies." (, 24 Nov 2019;, 16 Nov 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:24.92
14 2021 100m Backstroke S6 1:25.66
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 400m Freestyle S6 5:18.61
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.96
Heats 2019 100m Backstroke S6 1:24.72
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S6 33.50
5 2022 100m Backstroke S6 1:22.27
6 2022 400m Freestyle S6 5:38.84
Heats 2022 50m Freestyle S6 33.56
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2018 50m Freestyle S6  DNS
4 2018 100m Backstroke S6 1:24.73
2 2018 400m Freestyle S6 5:24.12
3 2018 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.87
6 2021 100m Backstroke S6 1:21.90
4 2021 400m Freestyle S6 5:15.72
7 2021 50m Freestyle S6 32.86
11 2021 100m Breaststroke SB5 2:11.56