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FRAGOSO Simone
Sport Para powerlifting, Para swimming
NPC Portugal   
GenderWomen
Age42
Place of BirthSetúbal, POR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Further Personal Information
Residence
Palmela, POR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Higher education
Music Studies - Piaget Institute: Almada, POR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
Her mother encouraged her to begin swimming in 1986 to improve her health.
Why this sport?
She was inspired to take up Para sport after watching the Portuguese Para athletes returning from competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. "I was so inspired and motivated that I decided to invest in myself and in my future as an athlete. I never stopped after that."
Club / Team
Palmela Desporto: Portugal
Name of coach
Ricardo Monteiro [powerlifting], POR
General Interest
Nicknames
Simon (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Hero / Idol
Her mother. (Athlete, 14 Dec 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Start at 100kph and finish at 200kph." (Athlete, 17 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
In 2016 she was named Female Para athlete of the Year by the municipality of Setubal in Portugal. (ips.pt, 30 Nov 2016)
Other sports
She has represented Portugal in Para swimming and Para powerlifting. She competed in swimming at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, and in powerlifting at the 2021 World Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. She also competed in 3kg adaptive shot put at the 2022 Portuguese Indoor Athletics Championships in Pombal. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Apr 2022; fpacompeticoes.pt, 26 Feb 2022; Instagram profile, 26 Feb 2022)
Ambitions
To compete in Para powerlifting at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris. (cm-palmela.pt, 26 Nov 2021)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (record.xl.pt, 31 Aug 2012)
Other information
FURTHER STUDIES
After completing her degree in musical education at the Piaget Institute in Almada, Portugal, she also earned master's degrees in music education from the Polytechnic Institute of Setubal in Portugal, and sports sociology from the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies in Lisbon, Portugal. She has also earned a degree in sociocultural animation. (Facebook profile, 08 Apr 2022; siguratesimone.pt, 2017; delas.pt, 04 Sep 2016; ips.pt, 30 Nov 2016)

COACHING
She works as a swimming coach at the Palmela Desporto club in Portugal. (Instagram profile, 15 Apr 2022; Facebook profile, 08 Apr 2022)

TV APPEARANCE
In 2013 she was a contestant on the first season of the Portuguese television show 'Splash! Celebridades', where she and other celebrities attempted to master diving. She reached the final stage and finished in second place. (atelevisao.com, 01 Jul 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
10 2008 50m Freestyle S5 45.69
11 2008 50m Backstroke S5 58.90
7 2012 50m Freestyle S5 44.78
Heat 2012 50m Butterfly S5 58.14
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:41.56
12 2016 50m Butterfly S5 56.23 
15 2016 50m Freestyle S5 46.49 
Heats 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 4:26.08
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
9 2006 50m Freestyle S5 47.17
12 2006 50m Backstroke S5 1:06.06
8 2006 100m Breaststroke SB5 2:27.42
6 2006 200m Individual Medley SM5 4:44.15
2 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:48.72
9 2010 50m Freestyle S5 45.83
11 2010 50m Butterfly S5 59.52
11 2010 50m Backstroke S5 58.18
8 2010 100m Freestyle S5 1:41.31
6 2013 50m Butterfly S5 54.37
Heats 2013 50m Backstroke S5 57.40
8 2013 100m Freestyle S5 1:41.95
6 2013 50m Freestyle S5 45.37
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2021 41kg NoM
European Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 50m Butterfly S5 52.28
4 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 5:35.91
7 2016 50m Backstroke S5 57.02
8 2016 50m Freestyle S5 45.05
5 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:59.10
European Open Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
5 2022 41kg 45