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DERALDO BONFIM Antony
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age40
Place of BirthFeira de Santana, BRA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Classification
SB5
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began para-rowing in November 2007 in Brazil.
Why this sport?
The technical director of Brazil's para-rowing team invited him to a trial.
Name of coach
Jair Fonseca
Coach from which country?
Brazil
General Interest
Other sports
He started his para-sports career as a swimmer and was ranked as Brazil's number two in the SB5 category in 2007. He's also competed in open water swimming. (camacari.ba.gov.br, 11 Jul 2008)
Impairment
He was shot in the back during an assault in December 2005, and it left him with paraplegia. (camacari.ba.gov.br, 11 Jul 2008)
Other information
COMMUNITY WORK
In 2008 he founded the Associacao Camacariense de Atletas com Deficiencia [ACAD] in the state of Bahia, Brazil. The association works to improve facilities for people with impairments. (camacari.ba.gov.br, 10 Apr 2008)

FROM SWIMMING TO ROWING
Water physiotherapy was part of his rehabilitation after his assault and he enjoyed it so much that in July 2006 he decided to start training to compete. He was ranked number two in Brazil in the SB5 category in 2007. He had rowed as a teenager, so in November 2007 Julio Noronha, the technical director of Brazil's para-rowing team, invited him to a trial. He impressed the coaches and was fast-tracked into the team. At his first competition, a world cup event in Germany in May 2008, his performance guaranteed Brazil a place at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (camacari.ba.gov.br, 18 Aug 2008)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.