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VEIGA Susana
Sport Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderWomen
Age22
Place of BirthLisbon, POR
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 18 months, and took up competitive Para swimming in 2016. "It's better late than never, but I now wish that I had been doing it for longer."
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up swimming for medical reasons. "Water is my natural habitat. It was the most complete sport. The fact that there is no gravity allows better movement of my leg. I really enjoyed it because it gave me the chance to see other people with disabilities. Swimming gave me self-esteem and confidence."
Club / Team
Clube Natacao Colegio Vasco da Gama [CNCVG]: Sintra, POR
Name of coach
Nuno Quintanilha [personal], POR
Training Regime
She has eight sessions in the water and three sessions in the gym each week.
Senior International Debut
Year
2018
Competing for
Portugal
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Dublin, IRL
General Interest
Nicknames
Suz (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Hobbies
Listening to music, going to the beach. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
Coach Nuno Quintanilha. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini, Portuguese Para swimmer David Grachat. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Injuries
At age 14 she underwent surgery to extend her femur bone. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)

At age 12 she underwent surgery on her foot in order to acquire more motion. The surgery was not successful. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)

She required an operation after dislocating her hip at age six. (revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She listens to classical music in the call room before competition. (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"People may think that swimming is an individual sport, but for me it is not. We train together, we compete together, and we make friendly connections with our teammates and rivals." (paralympic.org, 22 Nov 2020)
Awards and honours
She was presented with a gold medal by the Portuguese Swimming Federation at the 2019 Swimming Gala in Portimao, Portugal. (fpnatacao.pt, 19 Oct 2019)

In 2018 she was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Portuguese Swimming Federation. (sintranoticias.pt, 06 Nov 2018)
Impairment
"At the age of one, my right leg was paralysed for five or six days. After that, I started moving the leg but with a lot of effort. After some tests and exams the doctors diagnosed me with a polio-like syndrome." (Athlete, 30 Aug 2021; revistasauda.pt, 09 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
12 2021 50m Freestyle S10 29.61
10 2021 100m Freestyle S9 1:04.88
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2019 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.08
Heats 2019 400m Freestyle S9 5:07.18
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:51.48
2 2019 50m Freestyle S9 29.17
5 2022 100m Freestyle S9 1:04.19
6 2022 400m Freestyle S9 5:00.92
2 2022 50m Freestyle S9 28.90
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 100m Freestyle S9 1:05.50
5 2018 400m Freestyle S9 5:07.79
2 2018 50m Freestyle S9 29.78
2 2021 100m Freestyle S9 1:04.33
6 2021 400m Freestyle S9 5:02.10
1 2021 50m Freestyle S9 28.85