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BEZ Darvin
Sport Para swimming
NPC Puerto Rico   
GenderMen
Age24
Place of BirthHumacao, PUR
Height1.80 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12
Further Personal Information
Residence
Yabucoa, PUR
Occupation
Athlete, Lifeguard, Real Estate Agent
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Education - University of Puerto Rico: Humacao, PUR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age six in Humacao, Puerto Rico.
Why this sport?
He had wanted to practise the sport since he was a child.
Club / Team
Club de Natacion Humacao: Puerto Rico
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Puerto Rico
Tournament
Parapan American Games
Location
Toronto, ON, CAN
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Coach Lourdes Vega. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Puerto Rican baseballer Roberto Clemente. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"There are no limits." (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017)
Milestones
He became the first male athlete to represent Puerto Rico in Para swimming at the Paralympic Games when he took part in the SB12 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 07 May 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (laesquina.com, 17 Oct 2016)
Impairment
His vision began to deteriorate at age 17 because of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy [LHON]. (Athlete, 06 Dec 2017; quepalo.com, 07 Dec 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has worked as coordinator of the Paralympic Athletes Commission and has served as chairman of Para swimming for the Puerto Rican Paralympic Committee. (Facebook page, 24 Jul 2019; Puerto Rican Paralympic Committee, 08 Dec 2018)

CHANGE OF COURSE
His vision began to deteriorate during his first year at university, which led to him changing his course from electronic physics to education. "I want to teach braille and be a teacher of orientation and mobility for students." (dialogoupr.com, 08 Sep 2016; elnuevodia.com, 02 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:18.70 
19 2016 50m Freestyle S12 28.61 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2019 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:17.36
5 2019 50m Freestyle S12 27.92
5 2019 100m Freestyle S12 1:06.48
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:16.64
8 2017 100m Freestyle S12 1:05.08