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SOUSA Matheus
Sport Para swimming
NPC Brazil   
GenderMen
Age26
Place of BirthBrusque, BRA
Height1.67 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Andreia Lang
Residence
Brusque, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Brusque, Brazil. He took up Para swimming in 2006.
Why this sport?
Doctors advised him to take up swimming to help with a bronchitis issue he had developed from birth.
Club / Team
Associacao Paraolimpica de Indaiatuba [ADI-APIN]: Brazil
Name of coach
Felipe Santos Silva [national]; Leonardo Tomasello Araujo [national], BRA
Training Regime
He trains at the National Paralympic Training Centre in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Senior International Debut
Year
2009
Competing for
Brazil
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S11 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vavel.com, 23 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Brazilian Para swimmers Andre Brasil and Daniel Dias. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015, 21 Aug 2010)
Injuries
He underwent surgery on both shoulders in 2017. He returned to competition in August 2018. (olimpiadatododia.com.br, 18 Oct 2018)

In 2015 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism after becoming unusually tired after training. (municipiomais.com.br, 11 Feb 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport brings life." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
Impairment
He was born with retinopathy of prematurity as a result of being born prematurely. (brasil2016.gov.br, 04 Oct 2016; vavel.com, 23 Dec 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S11 1:02.99
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S11 28.04
6 2012 400m Freestyle S11 4:48.86 Q
3 2016 400m Freestyle S11 4:41.05
10 2016 50m Freestyle S11 27.74 
5 2016 100m Freestyle S11 59.80
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2010 100m Freestyle S11 1:05.74
14 2010 50m Freestyle S11 29.80
7 2010 400m Freestyle S11 5:11.51
15 2010 100m Backstroke S11 1:23.21
6 2013 50m Freestyle S11 28.93
2 2013 400m Freestyle S11 4:50.46
3 2013 100m Freestyle S11 1:01.69
2 2015 100m Freestyle S11 59.20
2 2015 400m Freestyle S11 4:45.45
5 2015 50m Freestyle S11 27.87
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 400m Freestyle S11 4:43.57
2 2016 50m Freestyle S11 27.60
1 2016 100m Freestyle S11 59.72