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VALLE Patricia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Mexico   
GenderWomen
Age51
Place of BirthCuernavaca, MEX
Height1.45 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S3, SB3, SM3
Further Personal Information
Family
Two daughters
Residence
Querétaro, MEX
Occupation
Politician
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Information Technology - University of the State of Morelos [UAEM]: Cuernavaca, MEX
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 25 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Why this sport?
"Swimming gives me a feeling of freedom, strength and autonomy."
Club / Team
Queretaro State: Mexico
Training Regime
She trains in Queretaro, Mexico, and at the Mexican National Paralympic Training Centre [CEPAMEX] in Mexico City. Her sessions last for six hours a day.
Senior International Debut
Year
1995
Competing for
Mexico
Location
Stoke Mandeville, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
Paty (Instagram profile, 29 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the National Sports Award in 2007, and claiming gold in the S3 100m freestyle at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017, 18 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, her daughters, and her coach. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Mexican Para swimmer Cristopher Tronco. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Injuries
She was sidelined for four months after she underwent surgery to repair the rotator cuff in her shoulder in April 2015. (paralympic.org, 18 Aug 2016; jornadamorelos.com, 10 Apr 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Make the impossible happen." (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
She received the 2007 National Sports Award in Mexico. (Athlete, 18 Jul 2015)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Other information
POLITICAL CAREER
She has served as a councillor of the municipality of Corregidora in Mexico. (Instagram profile, 29 Mar 2019; poderinformativo.com.mx, 28 Feb 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in family science at Anahuac University in Queretaro, Mexico. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 1996 50m Freestyle S3 1:09.75 
4 1996 100m Freestyle S3 2:34.34 
4 1996 50m Backstroke S3 1:20.82 
3 2000 50m Freestyle S3 1:01.81 
1 2000 100m Freestyle S3 2:03.94 
5 2000 50m Backstroke S3 1:15.13 
3 2000 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:04.27 
6 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:44.79
1 2004 50m Freestyle S3 58.16
1 2004 100m Freestyle S3 2:08.09
7 2004 200m Freestyle S4 4:25.69
6 2004 50m Backstroke S3 1:19.85
4 2004 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:08.14
2 2004 50m Butterfly S4 58.84
7 2004 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:42.48
7 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 4:07.09
  2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points  DSQ
1 2008 50m Freestyle S3 57.05
7 2008 100m Freestyle S4 2:02.50
4 2008 50m Backstroke S3 1:12.88
3 2008 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:29.36
Heats 2012 200m Freestyle S5 4:19.57
3 2012 100m Freestyle S3 1:59.76
3 2012 50m Freestyle S3 55.72 Q
7 2016 100m Freestyle S3 1:57.86
9 2016 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:27.82 
3 2016 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:02.40
12 2016 50m Freestyle S4 55.04 
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2003 50m Freestyle S3 1:04.45
1 2003 100m Freestyle S3 2:13.01
1 2003 200m Freestyle S3 4:39.13
1 2003 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.98
1 2003 50m Butterfly S3 1:06.92
1 2003 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:54.10
16 2019 50m Freestyle S5 1:03.21
10 2019 100m Freestyle S5 2:06.23
  2019 50m Butterfly S5  DSQ
1 2019 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:04.46
4 2019 50m Backstroke S3 1:21.01
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 50m Freestyle S3 1:03.29
1 1998 100m Freestyle S3 2:14.14
1 1998 200m Freestyle S3 4:50.57
2 1998 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.69
1 1998 50m Butterfly S3 1:13.56
2 1998 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:50.82
1 2002 50m Freestyle S3 1:04.43
1 2002 100m Freestyle S3 2:10.95
1 2002 200m Freestyle S3 4:28.80
3 2002 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:05.47
1 2002 50m Butterfly S3 1:14.93
1 2002 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:47.27
4 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 4:39.96
4 2002 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 5:00.88
3 2006 50m Freestyle S3 1:04.05
2 2006 100m Freestyle S3 2:13.34
1 2006 200m Freestyle S3 4:36.08
3 2006 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:07.76
1 2006 50m Butterfly S3 1:05.39
1 2006 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:52.29
1 2010 200m Freestyle S3 4:24.30
1 2010 50m Butterfly S3 1:05.24
3 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:24.48
1 2010 100m Freestyle S3 2:06.53
2 2010 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:06.46
8 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:45.82
2 2010 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:37.75
2 2013 200m Freestyle S3 4:32.25
4 2013 50m Freestyle S3 56.95
4 2013 100m Freestyle S3 2:06.92
3 2013 150m Individual Medley SM3 3:41.64
1 2013 50m Butterfly S3 57.95
4 2015 100m Freestyle S3 2:05.31
Heats 2015 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:47.22
Heats 2015 50m Butterfly S5 56.48
3 2015 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:03.17
Heats 2015 50m Backstroke S3 1:23.48
5 2017 100m Freestyle S3 2:07.51
3 2017 50m Freestyle S3 55.62
3 2017 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:00.82
5 2017 150m Individual Medley SM4 3:36.58
3 2017 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:44.63
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S4 55.80
2 2019 100m Freestyle S3 2:03.18
3 2019 50m Breaststroke SB3 1:03.46