Fernando Fernandes

Date of birth:
28 March 1981
Fernando Fernandes (BRA)

Biography

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)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (rio2016.com, 14 Jan 2014)
Impairment
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
OTHER ACTIVITIES
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.”

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
28 March 1981
Residence
São Paulo, BRA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Portuguese