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FELICES Dunia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Peru   
GenderWomen
Age31
Place of BirthAyacucho, PER
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB5, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lima, PER
Occupation
Artist, Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Visual Arts - National Superior Autonomous School of Fine Arts: Lima, PER
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2017 at the Paralympic Club in Lima, Peru.
Why this sport?
She was involved in a number of sports before her amputation. She then was inspired to practise Para swimming after discovering the work of US photographer Michael Stokes, depicting wounded war veterans and Para sportspeople. "I saw they all had strong, healthy bodies. They had overcome their limits. The hardest part [about swimming following her amputation] was psychological as I had never taken off my prosthesis in front of other people. But I did it. I got in the water and did not recognise my body. I was more aware of who I was."
Name of coach
Ivan Reyes [national]
Training Regime
She trains four hours a day at the Aquatic Centre of the National Sports Village [VIDENA] in Lima, Peru.
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Latina.pe YouTube channel, 16 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"[You succeed in life] when you break barriers, overcome difficulties, face your fears. When you do, you have everything." (peru21.pe, 24 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (libero.pe, 23 Mar 2020)
Impairment
At age 15 she was diagnosed with systemic necrotizing vasculitis. The condition affected her blood circulation and doctors were forced to amputate her hands and feet in order for her to survive. (agenciaorbita.org, 26 Mar 2020; Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; Makir Sebbo YouTube channel, 09 Dec 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2021 she founded Paramas, a Para sport organisation in Peru that initially focused on archery and sitting volleyball. "The project's goal is to give impaired people more opportunities to practise sport, either as a pastime or as a competitive athlete." She also served as an ambassador for the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru. "The impact [the Games] will have on young people who want to be a Para athlete will be enormous." (Instagram profile, 01 Aug 2019; elperuano.pe, 09 Feb 2019; Facebook profile, 27 Feb 2021; Paramas Peru Facebook page, 27 Feb 2021)

OCCUPATION
She took up mouth painting as a hobby following her amputation and later became a member of the Asociacion De Pintores Con La Boca Y Con El Pie [Association of Painters with the Mouth and the Foot] in Peru. Her work has been exhibited in Switzerland. She has also taught art to children with an intellectual impairment. (Latina.pe YouTube channel, 16 Mar 2019; elperuano.pe, 09 Feb 2019; peru21.pe, 05 Mar 2017; Asociacion De Pintores Con La Boca Y Con El Pie, 05 Dec 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2021 200m Freestyle S5 3:47.77
12 2021 50m Butterfly S5 1:00.29
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 50m Backstroke S5 1:29.56
6 2019 50m Freestyle S5 52.23
7 2019 100m Freestyle S5 1:49.66
3 2019 50m Butterfly S5 1:02.23
5 2019 200m Freestyle S5 3:52.11
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2017 100m Freestyle S5 2:09.17
Heats 2017 50m Freestyle S5 1:00.32
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S5 52.85
Heats 2019 200m Freestyle S5 3:57.28
Heats 2019 50m Butterfly S5 59.73
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S5 1:51.24
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2021 50m Butterfly S5 1:00.61
  2021 200m Freestyle S5  DSQ
4 2021 100m Freestyle S5 1:57.25