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ESTEVES André Brasil
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age35
Place of BirthRio de Janeiro, BRA
Height1.83 m
Human Interest
General Interest
Other information
INELIGIBILITY
In April 2019 he underwent reclassification ahead of the World Series event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had spent the previous 14 years competing in the S10 category but after the mandatory reclassification, which all Para swimmers were required to undertake following a reworking of the classification process in 2018, he was told that he would not be able to compete in freestyle, butterfly or backstroke but he was still eligible for breastroke events. The Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB] filed an official protest with the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] over Brasil's ineligibility. "They doubted me when I became a Paralympic athlete but my limitation has not changed since then. There was no improvement or worsening of the condition. I only have losses because I am going to age with the years of training and effort as an athlete," Brasil said. (swimswam.com, 02 May 2019; globoesporte.globo.com, 25 Apr 2019)
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Leonardo
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physiotherapy - IBMR: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six months with his parents. He took up the sport seriously after watching Canadian swimmer Benoit Huot compete at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. He had previously taken part in able-bodied competitions.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged him to try the sport. "Swimming allowed me to put my impairment to one side."
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
Perninha (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Hobbies
Playing with his son Leonardo, going to the beach, watching films. (andrebrasil.com, 18 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (blog.hammerhead.com.br, 19 Sep 2017)
Most influential person in career
Canadian Para swimmer Benoit Huot, Brazilian Para swimmer Clodoaldo Silva, and his parents. (ParalympicSportTV, 25 Aug 2012; Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmer Clodoaldo Silva, Brazilian swimmer Gustavo Borges. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on his left shoulder in May 2018 and was out of action until February 2019. (Instagram profile, 22 Feb 2019; olimpiadatododia.com.br, 20 Feb 2019)

In 2014 doctors discovered he had five hernias. He required nine months of rehabilitation and also worked with a psychologist to put the injury into perspective. (folha.uol.com.br, 28 Aug 2016; paralympic.org, 03 Jun 2015)

He missed three months of competition in 2007 after suffering from tendinopathy in both shoulders. (Athlete, 21 Sep 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (paralympic.org, 03 Jun 2015)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Brazil at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. (globoesporte.globo.com, 10 Nov 2011)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 15 Nov 2018)
Impairment
The impairment to his left leg is a result of the effects of a polio vaccine he had as a child. He underwent eight operations before he was age eight, and his left leg is five centimetres shorter than his right. (caixa.gov.br, 08 Nov 2017; andrebrasil.com, 18 Sep 2016; folha.uol.com.br, 28 Aug 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2008 50m Freestyle S10 23.61
1 2008 100m Freestyle S10 51.38
1 2008 400m Freestyle S10 4:05.84
4 2008 100m Backstroke S10 1:03.63
1 2008 100m Butterfly S10 56.47
2 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:14.20
4 2008 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:55.78
8 2008 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:40.01
2 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:12.36
1 2012 50m Freestyle S10 23.16
1 2012 100m Butterfly S10 56.35
4 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:55.63
2 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:00.11
4 2012 400m Freestyle S10 4:11.23
1 2012 100m Freestyle S10 51.07
7 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:28.50 Q
4 2016 50m Freestyle S10 23.78
4 2016 100m Backstroke S10 59.55 
3 2016 100m Butterfly S10 56.50 
2 2016 100m Freestyle S10 51.37 
7 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:11.12
2 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:48.98
3 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:17.51 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2006 50m Freestyle S10 24.36
1 2006 100m Freestyle S10 52.61
1 2006 400m Freestyle S10 4:08.46
1 2006 100m Butterfly S10 58.00
3 2006 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:19.61
3 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:07.44
6 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:45.40
1 2010 100m Butterfly S10 55.99
2 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:53.79
2 2010 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:13.20
1 2010 100m Freestyle S10 50.87
1 2010 400m Freestyle S10 4:05.95
1 2010 50m Freestyle S10 23.53
1 2010 100m Backstroke S10 1:00.55
5 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:35.86
1 2013 100m Freestyle S10 51.57
2 2013 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:13.19
2 2013 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.64
1 2013 100m Butterfly S10 56.76
2 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:00.44
1 2013 50m Freestyle S10 23.37
5 2013 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:23.61
1 2015 50m Freestyle S10 23.20
1 2015 100m Backstroke S10 59.95
2 2015 100m Butterfly S10 56.67
2 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.44
1 2015 100m Freestyle S10 51.15
1 2017 100m Backstroke S10 1:01.57
2 2017 50m Freestyle S10 24.14
1 2017 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:10.30
1 2017 100m Freestyle S10 52.60
1 2017 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:19.76
1 2017 400m Freestyle S10 4:19.10
1 2017 100m Butterfly S10 57.90
1 2017 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:32.23
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 100m Backstroke S10 57.29
1 2009 100m Butterfly S10 54.76
1 2009 100m Freestyle S10 48.70
1 2009 100m Individual Medley SM10 57.68
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:04.05
1 2009 400m Freestyle S10 3:54.57
1 2009 50m Freestyle S10 22.44
2 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points SC 3:48.63
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:13.34
1 2016 100m Freestyle S10 52.17
2 2016 50m Freestyle S10 23.84
2 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:53.25
3 2016 100m Butterfly S10 58.33
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:16.01
1 2016 100m Backstroke S10 1:01.34