The first Brazilian athletes to arrive in Santiago (Chile) to compete in the Parapan American Games have already started training, this Tuesday (14), for the mega sporting event, which will be held between the 17th and 26th of November.
Owner of three gold medals in the last edition of the Paralympic Swimming World Cup, held in Manchester, Minas Gerais swimmer Gabriel Araújo, from class S2 (physical-motor limitations), has already completed his first training session: “I really enjoyed the water and all the structure that we had access to. I haven’t swum at the competition yet, but based on my training, I believe I can be very fast during the Parapan.”
Someone who has also started exercising at the Parapan headquarters is table tennis player from Rio, Sophia Kelmer, just 15 years old: “I’m very happy to be competing in my first Parapan. It’s an incredible feeling. Initial impressions are the best possible. I will do my best to bring positive results to Brazil.”
The first teams from Brazil to enter the Village were swimming, table tennis and wheelchair basketball. This Tuesday, the arrivals of bocce, cycling, wheelchair tennis, judo and archery athletes are expected. The Brazilian delegation at the competition will have 324 athletes.