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PEREZ Amalia
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Mexico   
GenderWomen
Age48
Place of BirthMexico City, MEX
Height1.40 m
Weight 54 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Enrique Alvarado, daughter Melissa
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Spanish, English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began practising sports at age six as part of her rehabilitation. She took up powerlifting at age 18.
Why this sport?
"I felt like I could practise it, and I also wanted to boost the women's competition in order to be included in the Paralympic Games."
Name of coach
Enrique Alvarado [husband], MEX, from 2002
Senior International Debut
Year
1993
Competing for
Mexico
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Oklahoma City, OK, USA
General Interest
Hobbies
Music, movies, reading, dancing. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making her international debut for Mexico. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
Injuries
In February 2013 she underwent surgery on her left shoulder and was unable to train for seven months. (am.com.mx, 19 Feb 2014; paralympic.org, 27 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you never dare, you'll never fly. Make decisions and do not be afraid." (excelsior.com.mx, 10 May 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named Mexico's co-flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo alongside Para taekwondoka Juan Diego Garcia. (mediotiempo.com, 17 Jul 2021)

In January 2016 she received the Mexican National Sports Award for the third time in her career. (paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2016)

She was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the 2009 Fox Pan American Sports Awards. (hispanicwire.com, 10 Dec 2009)
Other sports
Her husband Enrique Alvarado has coached the Mexico national Para powerlifting team. (gob.mx, 26 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To win her sixth Paralympic medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (siete24.mx, 19 Aug 2021)
Impairment
She was born with congenital arthrogryposis, a condition that impairs the muscle power in her legs. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019; excelsior.com.mx, 10 May 2015)
Other information
SWITCHING CATEGORIES
In 2018 she moved from competing in the 55kg category to the 61kg category. She won both the 2018 Asia-Oceania Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, and the Americas Open Championships in Bogota, Colombia, in the new weight class. "It was a good test to see how far I can get. I feel I'm on the right track." (amqueretaro.com, 06 Jan 2019; insidethegames.biz, 07 Dec 2018; gob.mx, 10 Sep 2018)

OTHER ROLES
She is a certified powerlifting coach with the International Powerlifting Federation [IPF], and also served as a judge at the 2019 National Powerlifting Championships in Mexico. "I know that future generations are coming after me and I want to do my part for my country and society." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019; periodicoelmexicano.com.mx, 19 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2000 52kg 117.5
2 2004 48kg 110.0
1 2008 52kg 127.5
1 2012 60kg 135
1 2016 55kg 130
1 2021 61kg 131.0
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 52kg 105.0
2 2002 48kg 110.0
1 2006 52kg 120.0
2 2010 60kg 135.0
2 2014 61kg 128.0
1 2017 55kg 123.0
  2019 55kg  NoM
10 2019 Team 214.07
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 55kg 120