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MARTIN PEREZ Manuel
Sport Boccia
NPC Spain   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthPórtugos, ESP
Height1.65 m
Weight 85 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
BC2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Granada, ESP
Languages
Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
In 1996 he began trying a number of sports, including football and athletics. He later realised he could be most competitive in boccia, a sport that he first tried in 2000 in Granada, Spain.
Why this sport?
He liked the philosophy and strategy of the game.
Senior International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Spain
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Vancouver, BC, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Manolo, El Jamonero ['The Ham Maker' - a nickname given to him by his national teammates]. (Facebook profile, 09 Nov 2015; avancedeportivo.es, 18 Jun 2015; Athlete, 21 Aug 2012)
Hobbies
Supporting Spanish football team Granada. (Facebook profile, 25 Apr 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Francisco Cobo. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2012)
Hero / Idol
British boccia player Nigel Murray, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 21 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'll never stop fighting." (Twitter profile, 01 Oct 2015)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy. (fundacionandaluciaolimpica.org, Sep 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive boccia in November 2016. "It may seem that there are more reasons to go on, but I can not compete to compete. I have to change many things, I could write, detail the thousands of reasons why I decided to quit, but it would not be fair. I just want to thank this blessed sport for giving me the best opportunity of my life, to continue living, to continue breathing." (bocherogranaino.blogspot.co.uk, 07 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2008 Individual - BC2  
3 2008 Team - BC1-2  
10 2012 Team - BC1-2  
9 2012 Individual - BC2  
9 2016 Team - BC1-2  
14 2016 Individual - BC2  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2010 Individual - BC2  
6 2014 Team - BC1-2  
10 2014 Individual - BC2  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 Individual - BC2  
4 2015 Team - BC1-2  
World Ranking (09 Nov 2015)
Rank Year Event Result
19 2015 Individual - BC2  
19 2015 Individual - BC2  
23 2016 Individual - BC2  
20 2016 Individual - BC2  
143 2018 Individual - BC2  
143 2018 Individual - BC2  
World Individual Championships
Rank Year Event Result
25 2016 Individual - BC2