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LEÓN Juan
Sport Para swimming
NPC Peru   
GenderMen
Age34
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7
Further Personal Information
Residence
Lima, PER
Occupation
Athlete, Counsellor
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2016 in Lima, Peru.
Why this sport?
A swimming coach saw him trying to sell candies on a bus and invited him to participate in swimming lessons. "I thought he was joking, but he saw an athlete in me. Everything started there. Getting into the water without legs was not easy, but I began to improve my times, and I got a national record in my category."
Name of coach
Fernando Cuadros [personal, national]
Training Regime
He trains every day in afternoon and evening sessions at the Peruvian Sports Institute.
General Interest
Nicknames
Juancito, el Leon del Agua [the Water Lion]. (Facebook page, 26 Jul 2019; rpp.pe, 07 Apr 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Your limit is in your head. If you really want and you persevere, you can reach very far." (rpp.pe, 07 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
He took part in the torch relay for the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. (Facebook page, 26 Jul 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (rpp.pe, 07 Apr 2019)
Impairment
He had an accident in July 2014 [age 27] after unintentionally kicking a can with gasoline into a fire. He suffered severe burns and needed emergency surgery. He spent four months in the hospital and underwent a number of surgeries. He needed to have his legs amputated in order to save his life. "It was a very hard blow, a big trauma. I thought I would never walk again and that I would always be a burden for my family. My life changed in an instant, but you have to get over it." (laindustria.pe, 24 Apr 2019; ojo.pe, 08 Apr 2019; rpp.pe, 07 Apr 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2019 400m Freestyle S7 6:15.22