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FUENTES Fernando
Sport Para swimming
NPC El Salvador   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S9, SB8, SM9
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He got involved in swimming in 2013, and took up Para swimming in 2016.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his rehabilitation. He was later spotted by a coach and was invited to join a team.
Name of coach
Alicia Soriano
General Interest
Movies, watching TV. (, 28 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four gold medals at the 2018 Para Central American Games in Managua, Nicaragua. (, 16 Dec 2018)
Hero / Idol
Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (, 16 Dec 2018)
Awards and honours
In January 2018 he was named Americas Athlete of the Month by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (, 16 Dec 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 28 Apr 2020)
His left leg was amputated at age 12 after he was diagnosed with a tumour in his femur. (, 15 Feb 2018)
Other information
His amputation was performed at the Benjamin Bloom's Children Hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. Some time later he set up a foundation to fund donations to patients at the hospital after he was inspired by an 11-year-old girl named Daniela Guardado, who organised new bedding for the hospital. "I came up with the idea to create a foundation to help Bloom Hospital. I look for support from people around me. It is called 'Construyendo Sonrisas' [Creating Smiles]. I set it up but it was inspired by Daniela." (, 16 Dec 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 50m Freestyle S9 32.36
8 2019 100m Backstroke S9 1:18.74
10 2019 100m Freestyle S9 1:11.66
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2019 100m Freestyle S9 1:11.77
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S9 32.58