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RODRIGUEZ Leidy
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Cuba   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthBayamo, CUB
Height1.50 m
Weight 40 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Osmai [2004]
Residence
Bayamo, CUB
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began powerlifting in 2011 in Bayamo, Cuba.
Why this sport?
She was invited to try the sport by coaches and other athletes. "I did not want to do it, but then I did and now I feel wonderful. The sport helps us, people with an impairment, to be stronger and more independent."
Name of coach
Ramon Martinez [national]
Training Regime
She trains at the Martires de Barbados stadium in Bayamo, Cuba.
Senior International Debut
Year
2015
Competing for
Cuba
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, watching movies and soap operas. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the 41kg category at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother and her son. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Cuban Para powerlifter Danilo Rodriguez. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I never set limits." (juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she was given a Citation Award in Granma Province, Cuba. (lademajagua.cu, 12 Dec 2018)

In 2015 she was named among the Top 10 Outstanding Paralympic Athletes in Cuba by the Cuban Sports Institute [INDER]. (jit.cu, 08 Dec 2015; granma.cu, 07 Dec 2015)

In 2015 she was named Para Sport Newcomer of the Year in Cuba. (juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)
Other sports
She has also played wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball. (cubasi.cu, 08 Aug 2015)
Impairment
She was born with equinovarus, also known as club foot, with the condition affecting both feet. At age two she underwent surgery to correct the malformation, but gangrene appeared following the operation and both her legs were amputated below the knee. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019, 05 Dec 2017; juventudrebelde.cu, 23 Aug 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 41kg 80
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2017 41kg 85.0
5 2019 41kg 86.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 41kg & 45kg 103.23