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    Daniel Dias

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    Brazil Brazil Para swimming 24 May 1988

    Campinas, Brazil

    A swimmer celebrates winning gold


    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Classification S5, SB5, SM5
    Further Personal Information
    Family Wife Raquel, children Asaph [2014], Daniel [2016] and Hadassa [2019]
    Residence Bragança Paulista, BRA
    Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
    Languages Portuguese
    Higher education Marketing - Mackenzie Presbyterian University: São Paulo, BRA
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age 16 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
    Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after watching Brazilian swimmer Clodoaldo Silva compete at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
    Club / Team Instituto Daniel Dias [IDD]: Bragança Paulista, BRA
    Name of coach Leonardo Tomasello [national], BRA
    International Debut
    Year 2006
    Competing for Brazil
    Tournament World Championships
    Location Durban, RSA
    General Interest
    Hobbies Playing the drums. (globoesporte.globo.com, 27 Aug 2018)
    Most influential person in career His family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2015)
    Hero / Idol US swimmer Michael Phelps. (odia.ig.com.br, 11 Mar 2013)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "Disability is a limiting word that classifies a person. We all have deficiencies and limits. I am not a disabled athlete, I am a Paralympic athlete." (arenasports.com.br, 03 Apr 2013)
    Awards and honours He received the 2018 Walter Schmidt Trophy, an award that acknowledges the contribution of individuals who work for the development of the Brazilian health sector. (torcedores.com, 24 May 2018)

    He was named Para Swimmer of the Year by the Brazilian Paralympic Committee [CPB] in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. (cpb.org.br, 06 Dec 2018; globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017, 07 Dec 2016; cielosports.com.br, 03 Apr 2013)

    He was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year by the CPB in 2011, 2013 and 2017. (globoesporte.globo.com, 04 Dec 2017, 07 Dec 2016)

    He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year by GQ Brazil magazine. (sportv.globo.com, 10 Jan 2017; paralympic.org, 02 Dec 2016)

    In 2016 he was named an Honorary Citizen of the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. (orsm.com.br, 04 Feb 2017)

    He won the Laureus World Sportsperson with a Disability of the Year award in 2009, 2013 and 2016. (rio2016.com, 19 Apr 2016; globo.com, 14 Mar 2013; paralympic.org, 12 Mar 2013)

    He was named Para Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2017; gazetaesportiva.com, 12 Jan 2017)

    He was Brazil's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (abril.com.br, 17 Jul 2012)
    Milestones During the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he took his total of Paralympic medals to 24 and became the most successful male Paralympic swimmer of all time. His success at the 2016 Games [where he won a total of nine medals] ensured he surpassed the previous record of 23, held by Australian Matthew Cowdrey. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 May 2017; paralympic.org, 22 Sep 2016)
    Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (terra.com.br, 09 Aug 2018)
    Impairment He was born without hands. His right arm stopped at his elbow, while his left arm was also shorter and had just a single finger. His right leg finishes at his knee and he has no foot, so he uses a prosthetic to walk. (istoe.com.br, 30 Nov 2012)
    Other information INSTITUTE
    In 2014 he established the Instituto Daniel Dias in Braganca Paulista, Brazil, which aims to support new Para athletes as they take up the sport. "I believe in sport as a way of social inclusion. We might not be champions in sport, but we can be champions in life." (institutodanieldias.org.br, 21 Oct 2019; jtv.com.br, 13 Feb 2017; orsm.com.br, 04 Feb 2017)

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