Fernando Fernandes (BRA)

Fernando Fernandes (BRA)

Date of birth
28 March 1981
São Paulo, BRA


General Interest

Other sports
He played football professionally at age 17 but a year later he was drafted into the Brazilian army. (fernandofernandeslife.com, 26 Apr 2016)
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rio2016.com, 14 Jan 2014)
In July 2009, he was involved in a serious car accident. A spine injury resulted in paraplegia. (rio2016.com, 14 Jan 2014; fernandofernandeslife.com, 26 Apr 2016)
Other information
Before his accident, he embarked on a career as an international model and was once invited by a modelling agency to move to New York, United States of America. He also became well-known in Brazil after participating in the Brazilian edition of reality television show Big Brother in 2002. (rio2016.com, 14 Jan 2014; fernandofernandeslife.com, 26 Apr 2016)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up canoeing in December 2009 following his accident earlier that year.
Why this sport?
"I was born for sport. I always played all the sports I could. After the accident, I got involved in various Paralympic sports until I found myself in canoeing. When I sat in the kayak, I regained my freedom and had the sensation of ability I thought I had lost. I saw that I was on equal terms with everyone and I perceived I had an enormous responsibility to spread this message and contribute to the sport's growth.”


World ChampionshipsKayak single KL1 200mGermany, Duisburg19 May 20162016Men53.1605Latest resultBest result
World ChampionshipsKayak single KL1 200mItaly, Milan20 August 20152015Men52.9703Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200m ARussia, Moscow8 August 20142014Men52.7955Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200m AGermany, Duisburg30 August 20132013Men51.3301Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 200m APoland, Poznan17 May 20122012Men53.5501Best result