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HAASE Camila
Sport Para swimming
NPC Costa Rica   
GenderWomen
Age20
Place of BirthAlajuela, CRC
Height1.63 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, German, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She first tried swimming at age three in Costa Rica.
Why this sport?
Her mother wanted her to learn how to swim. "After some time I liked it."
Name of coach
Rodrigo Rivas [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Costa Rica
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Cami (Facebook profile, 03 Nov 2018)
Hobbies
Spending time with friends, drawing, painting. (besame.cr, 08 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family, and coach Rodrigo Rivas. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She injured her right hand in 2018. (concrc.org, 20 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A sport must be practised with love and passion, and not as an obligation." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Athlete of the Month in October 2018 by the Americas Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org, 12 Nov 2018)

She lit the cauldron at the opening ceremony of the 2018 National Games in Costa Rica. (paralympic.org, 04 Jul 2018)

She was flag bearer for Costa Rica at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Para Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua. (concrc.org, 24 Jan 2018)

In 2017 she received the Colibri [Hummingbird] Award as the Best Para Swimmer in Costa Rica . (elguardian.cr, 14 Feb 2018)
Milestones
Her appearance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro made her the first female Costa Rican athlete in any sport to have competed at the Paralympic Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Dec 2017; mariosegura.com, 21 Jul 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (academiadenatacionlosdelfines.com, 16 Mar 2018)
Impairment
Her left forearm was amputated 11 days after she was born. The umbilical cord had become wrapped around the limb while she was in her mother's womb. (nacion.com, 09 Feb 2018)
Other information
OTHER ROLES
She has been involved in promoting sport for people with an impairment through the Proud Paralympian programme. The scheme is run by the Agitos Foundation. "I hope that through the programme, the athletes can learn a little more about themselves and reach each goal that they have set. And that they can be the best they can be." (panamsports.org, 28 Feb 2019; paralympic.org, 13 Nov 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2016 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:41.17
Heats 2016 100m Butterfly S9 1:24.46
16 2016 100m Backstroke S9 1:23.12 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 100m Butterfly S9 1:33.59
2 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:34.99
4 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:23.90
5 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 3:06.71
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:37.23
8 2017 200m Individual Medley SM9 3:07.93
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S9 5:56.39
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 3:00.41
8 2019 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:35.00