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VALENTE Abilio
Sport Boccia
NPC Portugal   
GenderMen
Age37
Place of BirthOliveira de Azeméis, POR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
BC2
Guide
Jorge Cardoso
Further Personal Information
Residence
Oliveira de Azeméis, POR
Languages
English, Portuguese
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Associacao do Porto de Paralisia Cerebral: Portugal
Name of coach
Luis Ferreira [personal], POR
Training Regime
He trains for five hours per day.
General Interest
Nicknames
Bilu (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 22 Sep 2008)
Hero / Idol
Portuguese boccia player Armando Costa. (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take one game at a time." (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 22 Sep 2008)
Awards and honours
In 2016 he was named Commander of the Order of Merit in Portugal. (dn.pt, 09 Nov 2016)

He was named Boccia Player of the Year at the 2011 Sports Gala in Portugal. (comiteparalimpicoportugal.pt, 2011)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. (fpdd.org, 21 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
4 2012 Team - BC1-2  
5 2012 Individual - BC2  
3 2016 Team - BC1-2  
8 2016 Individual - BC2  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
11 2014 Team - BC1-2  
16 2014 Individual - BC2  
13 2018 Individual - BC2  
7 2018 Team - BC1-2  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2013 Individual - BC2  
3 2015 Team - BC1-2  
6 2017 Team - BC1-2  
3 2017 Individual - BC2  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2015 Individual - BC2  
5 2015 Individual - BC2  
6 2016 Individual - BC2  
4 2016 Individual - BC2  
World Individual Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Individual - BC2  
World Open
Rank Year Event Result
5 2017 Team - BC1-2  
13 2017 Individual - BC2