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SILVA Luís
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthBagé, BRA
Height1.80 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Recife, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education - Salgado de Oliveira University: Recife, BRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 1995 in Recife, Brazil. After watching the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta on television, he decided to start taking swimming seriously so he could compete at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Why this sport?
He began swimming as part of his therapy, and also to fill up the time while his sister was at ballet classes.
Club / Team
AABB Recife: Brazil
Name of coach
Manoel Souza [club], BRA
Senior International Debut
Year
1999
Competing for
Brazil
Tournament
Pan American Championships
Location
Mexico
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning seven medals at the Paralympic Games. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian footballer Pele, Brazilian swimmer Gustavo Borges. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Always do your best." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He was flag bearer for Brazil at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Facebook profile, 02 Dec 2017)

He was part of the relay as the Olympic torch made its way through Recife, Brazil, ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (recife.pe.gov.br, 30 May 2016)
Impairment
He was born with congenital malformation of his lower limbs and his right arm. (brasil2016.gov.br, 05 Aug 2016)
Other information
PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE
He won a total of seven medals competing at the Paralympic Games in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Although he did not qualify for the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, he worked there as a volunteer. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Apr 2017; g1.globo.com, 09 Sep 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied for a postgraduate degree in sports coaching at the University of Pernambuco in Brazil. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2000 50m Freestyle S6 33.00 
7 2000 100m Freestyle S6 1:13.76 
2 2000 50m Butterfly S6 34.15 
2 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:39.82
3 2000 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  
2 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:41.40
10 2004 50m Freestyle S6 34.12
9 2004 100m Freestyle S6 1:14.61
11 2004 400m Freestyle S6 6:07.41
7 2004 50m Butterfly S6 35.96
2 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:32.34
1 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:37.46
14 2008 50m Freestyle S6 35.67
8 2008 50m Butterfly S6 37.90
2 2008 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:39.31
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2003 100m Freestyle S6 1:13.69
1 2003 100m Freestyle S9 1:01.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 50m Freestyle S6 33.45
7 2002 100m Freestyle S6 1:13.69
6 2002 50m Butterfly S6 36.52
6 2006 50m Freestyle S6 32.93
6 2006 100m Freestyle S6 1:12.79
10 2006 400m Freestyle S6 6:10.01
4 2006 50m Butterfly S6 34.45
1 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:36.32
Heats 2017 100m Freestyle S6 1:15.62
Heats 2017 50m Butterfly S6 37.30
Heats 2017 50m Freestyle S6 34.14
  2017 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ