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SILVA Joana Maria
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderWomen
Age32
Place of BirthNatal, BRA
Height1.23 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB5, SM5
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Rodrigo Eusebio da Silva, daughter Janilly Victoria
Other names
Joana Neves
Residence
Natal, BRA
Languages
Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2001 at the Tutubarao Swimming School in Natal, Brazil.
Why this sport?
Doctors encouraged her to take up the sport as a way of improving her health. "I liked the sport and identified with it."
Club / Team
Vasco da Gama: Rio de Janeiro, BRA
Name of coach
Rodrigo Villar [personal], BRA, from 2001
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Brazil
Location
Greece
General Interest
Nicknames
Joaninha, Peixinho (folha.uol.com.br, 18 May 2016; Athlete, 26 Aug 2010)
Hobbies
Spending time with her daughter. (folha.uol.com.br, 18 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze and breaking the Americas record in the S5 100m freestyle at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents and her daughter. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017, 19 Jul 2015)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia, a condition that affects bone growth. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2017; folha.uol.com.br, 18 May 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2012 50m Freestyle S5 38.11
6 2012 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:59.42
6 2012 200m Freestyle S5 3:17.43
3 2012 50m Butterfly S5 46.62
7 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:29.28
6 2016 200m Freestyle S5 3:12.73
6 2016 50m Butterfly S5 47.51 
2 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:25.45
2 2016 50m Freestyle S5 37.13 
7 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:56.39
3 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.21 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2010 50m Freestyle S5 40.76
3 2010 50m Butterfly S5 48.45
2 2010 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:11.05
5 2010 200m Freestyle S5 3:23.42
4 2010 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:22.22
4 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:31.07
3 2013 50m Butterfly S5 46.76
3 2013 200m Freestyle S5 3:07.14
8 2013 200m Individual Medley SM5  DSQ
6 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 4:24.43
5 2013 100m Freestyle S5 1:26.86
3 2013 50m Freestyle S5 39.31
1 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:29.80
4 2015 200m Freestyle S5 3:08.66
5 2015 50m Butterfly S5 47.20
1 2015 50m Freestyle S5 38.39
3 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.01
5 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:28.89
7 2017 50m Butterfly S5 51.68
2 2017 50m Freestyle S5 38.30
6 2017 200m Freestyle S5 3:26.39
  2017 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 50m Butterfly S5 49.10
4 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:52.86
  2016 200m Freestyle S5  DSQ
2 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:32.19
4 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:24.79
2 2016 50m Freestyle S5 38.16