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CASTRO Francisca
Sport Para swimming
NPC Chile   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
English, Spanish
Higher education
Biomedical Science, Civil Engineering - Pontifical Catholic University of Chile : Santiago, CHI
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age eight.
Why this sport?
"My parents took me to the swimming pool as part of my rehabilitation."
Club / Team
CN Pozuelo: Madrid, ESP
General Interest
Fran (Facebook profile, 24 Feb 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London at age 14. (Twitter profile, 03 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only restriction is in your mind, not in your body." (Facebook profile, 24 Feb 2019)
Awards and honours
She was flag bearer for Chile at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Parapan American University Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (, 26 Jul 2018)
At age 14 years and 280 days, she became the youngest athlete from any sport to represent Chile at the Paralympic Games when she competed in the S10 100m backstroke at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019; Twitter profile, 03 Oct 2018)
She was born with a malformation to her hips and her knees. (, 10 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S10 1:17.71
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2019 100m Freestyle S10 1:11.91
6 2019 100m Backstroke S10 1:17.82
8 2019 50m Freestyle S10 32.87
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S10 1:18.39
4 2017 100m Backstroke S10 1:16.15
7 2022 100m Backstroke S10 1:16.05
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2021 50m Freestyle S10 31.11
8 2021 100m Freestyle S10 1:12.35
5 2021 100m Backstroke S10 1:15.23