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    Amalia Perez

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    Mexico Mexico Para powerlifting 10 July 1977

    Mexico City, Mexico

    Amalia Perez smiles and points to the sky

    Biography

    Human Interest
    Data Value
    Impairment Information
    Type of Impairment Impaired muscle power
    Origin of Impairment Congenital
    Further Personal Information
    Family Husband Enrique Alvarado, daughter Melissa
    Residence Mexico City, MEX
    Occupation Athlete
    Languages Spanish, English
    Sport Specific Information
    When and where did you begin this sport? She began practising sports at age six as part of her rehabilitation. She took up powerlifting at age 18.
    Why this sport? "I felt like I could practise it, and I also wanted to boost the women's competition in order to be included in the Paralympic Games."
    Club / Team Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social [IMSS]: Mexico City, MEX
    Name of coach Enrique Alvarado [husband], MEX, from 2002
    Training Regime She trains at both the Mexican Paralympic Centre [CEPAMEX] and the High Performance Centre [CNAR] in Mexico City, Mexico.
    International Debut
    Year 1993
    Competing for Mexico
    Tournament World Cup
    Location Oklahoma City, OK, USA
    General Interest
    Hobbies Music, movies, reading, dancing. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
    Memorable sporting achievement Making her international debut for Mexico. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
    Most influential person in career Her family. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
    Hero / Idol Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019)
    Injuries In February 2013 she underwent surgery on her left shoulder and was unable to train for seven months. (am.com.mx, 19 Feb 2014; paralympic.org, 27 Apr 2013)
    Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs She sits on the bench, takes deep breaths, nods her head, points upwards, places her hands on her chest and hits her legs three times while giving shouts of encouragement. (paralympic.org, 18 Oct 2016)
    Sporting philosophy / motto "If you never dare, you'll never fly. Make decisions and do not be afraid." (excelsior.com.mx, 10 May 2015)
    Awards and honours In January 2016 she received the Mexican National Sports Award for the third time in her career. (paralympic.org, 29 Jan 2016)

    She was named Paralympic Athlete of the Year at the 2009 Fox Pan American Sports Awards. (hispanicwire.com, 10 Dec 2009)
    Other sports Her husband Enrique Alvarado has coached the Mexico national Para powerlifting team. (gob.mx, 26 Oct 2016)
    Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (esto.com.mx, 28 Jun 2017)
    Impairment She was born with congenital arthrogryposis, a condition that impairs the muscle power in her legs. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019; excelsior.com.mx, 10 May 2015)
    Other information SWITCHING CATEGORIES
    In 2018 she moved from competing in the 55kg category to the 61kg category. She won both the 2018 Asia-Oceania Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan, and the Americas Open Championships in Bogota, Colombia, in the new weight class, but revealed the switch was just an experiment and that she plans to compete in the 55kg category in the lead-up to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "It was a good test to see how far I can get. I feel I'm on the right track. Now I am going to continue with my category." (amqueretaro.com, 06 Jan 2019; insidethegames.biz, 07 Dec 2018; gob.mx, 10 Sep 2018)

    OTHER ROLES
    She is a certified powerlifting coach with the International Powerlifting Federation [IPF], and also served as a judge at the 2019 National Powerlifting Championships in Mexico. "I know that future generations are coming after me and I want to do my part for my country and society." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2019; periodicoelmexicano.com.mx, 19 Mar 2019)

    LARGE FAMILY
    She has 12 siblings. (paralympic.org, 27 Apr 2013)

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