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MARCANO FUENMAYOR Zuray
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Venezuela   
GenderWomen
Age68
Place of BirthEl Tigre, VEN
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Two children
Residence
Maracay, VEN
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Teacher, Writer
Languages
English, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Physical Education, Sports Science - University of the Basque Country: Bilbao, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 35 in Maracay, Venezuela.
Why this sport?
She enjoyed sports, and got involved in swimming and athletics before switching to powerlifting.
Club / Team
Miranda: Venezuela
Name of coach
Jose Rangel [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Venezuela
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Nicknames
Zuranny (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 04 Jan 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I define myself as a fierce defender of functional diversity rights, especially in education, impaired sport and physical education." (about.me, 2015)
Awards and honours
She received the Bicentennial Order Francisco de Miranda from the state of Miranda in Venezuela, in recognition of her participation at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (deportesmiranda.com.ve, 04 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (solo50.wordpress.com, 15 Oct 2016)
Impairment
Her impairment is a result of the effects of polio. (deportesmiranda.com.ve, 27 May 2016)
Other information
SCOREKEEPER
As a young girl she enjoyed sport but was unable to take part because of her impairment. Instead, she would be the scorekeeper at her school's sporting events. "A lot of high performance athletes came out of my school and represented my country at international competitions. However, none of them reached the Olympic Games. When I qualified for [the 2000 Paralympic Games in] Sydney I became the only person from my school to reach that goal. Me, the scorekeeper." (contrapunto.com, 12 Sep 2016)

OLDEST
At age 62 she was the oldest athlete to represent Venezuela at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Instagram profile, 04 Aug 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has also studied education at the University of Carabobo in Valencia, Venezuela. (LinkedIn profile, 2017; contrapunto.com, 12 Sep 2016; Facebook profile, 04 Dec 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
8 2000 48kg 62.5
8 2016 50kg 63
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 48kg 57.5
7 2002 48kg 62.5
7 2006 48kg 65.0
10 2010 52kg 75.0
11 2014 50kg 65.0
ParaPan American Games
Rank Year Event Result
  2015 50kg  NoM