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Sport Beach Volleyball, Sitting Volleyball
NPC Brazil   
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Niterói, BRA
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing able-bodied volleyball at age nine. He took up sitting volleyball in 2013.
Why this sport?
He returned to beach volleyball two years after his knee injury, but he found it too painful to play the sport. A friend of his, who was a Para athlete, invited him to attend a sitting volleyball training session.
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"No pain, no game." (Facebook profile, 05 Oct 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2016 Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB]. (, 02 Dec 2016)

He was received the 2000 Brazilian King of the Beach award in recognition of his achievements in beach volleyball. (, 2012)
Other sports
He has competed in both standing volleyball and beach volleyball at international level. (, 11 Aug 2015;, 04 Aug 2013)
Famous relatives
His father Jorge Americo Oliveira Souza played volleyball for Brazil at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. (SportsDeskOnline, 23 Feb 2017;, 09 Sep 2016)
In 2008 he tore a tendon in his left knee and had to undergo three operations. The procedures caused him to have unstable joints. (NOC Media Guide, 01 Aug 2015;, 09 Sep 2016)
Other information
He said he would not return to the Paralympic Games after he captained the Brazil national sitting volleyball team at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "This will be my last Paralympics. I wish all the best of luck to the Brazilian team but this is my last time on the big stage. I did so much for volleyball. It's time for me to look for another time in my life." (, 09 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
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