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BÁEZ Nadia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Argentina   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthBuenos Aires, ARG
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Leon [2017]
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Higher education
Psychology - Interamerican Open University [UAI]: Ituzaingó, ARG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2006 at the Natatorio Castelar Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Why this sport?
She began swimming as she wanted to try new things. Although she did not want to become an athlete, her desire to improve her times grew as she kept getting faster. "I liked to improve myself in the water."
Club / Team
NLTC Natacion Competitiva: Morón, ARG
Name of coach
Pablo Quinteros [club]; Juan Manuel Zucconi [national]
Training Regime
She trains six days per week, nine sessions in total, at the National High Performance Centre [CENARD] in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Argentina
General Interest
Hobbies
Cooking, going for walks. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the SB11 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Jun 2021; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Agustin Giacono. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If everything was easy, it would be boring. You learn to live with difficulties. You have to look for different experiences and look for the positive side in everything that happens." (noticiasdatanova.com.ar, 08 May 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the Recognition Award at the 2015 Paralympic Sports Excellence [EXPA] Awards in Argentina. (mkprensa.wordpress.com, 29 Sep 2015)

In 2010 she was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the Argentinian Federation of Sports for the Blind [FADEC]. (losandes.com.ar, 29 Jul 2011)
Impairment
She lost her vision completely at age 14. Her sight had been deteriorating since she was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a type of cancer that particularly affects children, at eight months old. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019; noticiasdatanova.com.ar, 08 Mar 2019; infoban.com.ar, 04 Sep 2012 )
Other information
COMPETING WHILE PREGNANT
She competed at the 2017 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires while eight months pregnant. She went on to win gold medals in the S11 100m freestyle and S11 100m breaststroke events at the tournament. "I had seen other athletes participate in tournaments while pregnant many times, so I consulted my doctor and cardiologist, and they told me that there was no problem with me competing. Some people asked me if I was crazy, but I took it with grace. The tournament was very important to me. I felt very good physically, even though I didn't push myself. I was happy, I really enjoyed it." (paradeportes.com, 22 May 2017; infobae.com, 20 May 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
11 2008 50m Freestyle S11 34.47
11 2008 100m Freestyle S11 1:20.48
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S11 1:22.06
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S11 34.98
3 2012 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:31.21
8 2012 400m Freestyle S11 6:15.98 Q
Heats 2012 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:17.12
16 2016 50m Freestyle S11 36.51 
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:35.51
  2021 400m Freestyle S11  DSQ
12 2021 50m Freestyle S11 34.11
12 2021 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:22.90
5 2021 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:30.77
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 100m Backstroke S11 1:45.31
3 2019 400m Freestyle S11 6:45.59
3 2019 100m Freestyle S11 1:20.63
1 2019 50m Freestyle S11 34.51
1 2019 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:37.48
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:10.95
2 2010 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:34.59
7 2010 100m Freestyle S11 1:18.38
5 2010 50m Freestyle S11 33.30
6 2010 400m Freestyle S11 6:09.55
6 2013 50m Freestyle S11 33.37
5 2013 100m Freestyle S11 1:18.50
2 2013 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:28.58
7 2013 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:15.55
Heats 2015 100m Freestyle S11 1:21.03
8 2015 50m Freestyle S11 35.67
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:34.29
Heats 2019 50m Freestyle S11 34.34
5 2019 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:30.77
Heats 2019 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:27.32
6 2022 50m Freestyle S11 34.20
2 2022 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:28.43
6 2022 200m Individual Medley SM11 3:25.71
Heats 2022 100m Freestyle S11 1:25.73
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:41.28
7 2016 50m Freestyle S11 36.18
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB11 1:32.73
9 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:25.99