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Help disabled children thrive through sports

by Associacao de Assistencia a Crianca Deficiente
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports
Help disabled children thrive through sports

AACD swimming athletes win 16 gold medals at the Circuito Lottos Caixa

 

Event happened at the weekend (23 and 24) at the Brazilian Paralympic Training Center, in São Paulo

São Paulo, February 25, 2018 - AACD Esporte athletes shone this weekend (February 23 and 24) in the Regional stage of São Paulo of Circuito Brasil Loterias Caixa. AACD 26 swimmers who competed for the competition won 16 gold medals, 13 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.

One of the highlights of the competition was a AACD quadriplegic athlete. He had a 100% performance and won 6 golds in the 6 races he played: 50 meters back, 200 meters free, 50 meters free, 150 meters medley, 100 meters free and 50 meters chest.

Another highlight of AACD Esporte was one of our teenager athletes, a 13 years old, who won gold in the 50 meter butterfly. A bi-amputee, was invited to join the Paralympic team after participating in the School Campus, which took place at the end of January, a project of the CPB (Brazilian Paralympic Committee) for the outstanding athletes of the School Paralympics.

"After the Camp, I was called to join the base team of the Reference Center here at the Paralympic CT and it made me much better. This is my first competition among adults, I was very anxious, I almost did not sleep from Friday to Saturday, but I'm very happy for the result, "the swimmer told CPB's website.

 

The AACD Sport aims to provide the athlete, especially children and adolescents, with the possibility of social inclusion and inclusion in competitive sport, as well as rehabilitate and prepare the formation of new athletes for Paralympic sport.

Ivan Fontenelle Bevenuto was born with a congenital malformation and therefore has neither the lower limbs nor the hands. And yet, at only 10 years old, he has already contradicted opinions of doctors, stood out in swimming and realized his father´s dream playing “capoeira”.

 

Ivan participated as a swimmer in the Liga Nescau Jovem Pan. But the way to get to that point was difficult. He started practicing water aerobics at AACD and almost stopped there: "He ended up being discharged because they said that swimming would not be therapy for him because he could not swim alone. I was sad because I had seen disabled children swimming. I ended up getting discouraged. But Aunt Edna said I could bring him to swim, "says Monica, Ivan's mother.

 

Edna says she really believed the boy and started training him: "First we started a breathing job, in which he already had a big win. And then it developed. Today he practices with confidence. "

 

Respiratory work was critical to Ivan's health: "He had a full-blown and bronchitis problem. But since he started swimming he never had a problem with that and even lost weight, "celebrates Monica.

 

But Ivan was not only swimming. His father, José, has been a capoeirista for 20 years and always dreamed of having a son who could play with him. So initially Ivan's congenital problem led to disappointment. No one imagined that he could participate in capoeira. But then the family discovered that it was possible to realize José's dream.

 

"My husband said his dream was to have a son to teach capoeira. So when Ivan was born, there was a fear. But one day we found out that there was a capoeira group in AACD. Then I took Ivan to participate. My husband went after and has been volunteering there for 8 years teaching the kids, "says Monica.

Now Ivan plays capoeira with his father in the way that he can and has already participated in a change of cord, the increase of graduation of capoeira. So many feats make Ivan achieve greater inclusion through sport.

 

Edna commented that, before all this, he was a sad child. Now his mother realizes the difference: "He got more loose and extroverted. In Liga Nescau he was there interacting with colleagues. And that ends up motivating him to be in training every week. He even gets angry when he does not practice. When he has a fever, he wants to go and says that water is good. "

 

Edna also noticed the change: "He completely changed his self-esteem. He even asked to enter for artistic swimming and will go to Mexico to represent AACD in March 2019. It shows how his attitude has changed. "

 

And the result of these feats is felt by Ivan day by day, according to Edna: "Usually these children are completely excluded. When they start doing these things and when they are out of Brazil, the world already has a different view of them. They want to take pictures with them, they want to be friends and then the recognition begins. "

Today we will report on the events that ocurred in the last three months, from March to May 2018.

Starting with Table Tennis, our atheltes participated in the South-Southeast Brazilian Cup and Juliana has won the gold medal.  In March the team had already been in Italy, where they had an excelent result.  In June, from 8 to 10th, the team was in Spain, Barcelona, at the V International Adapted Tennis Open.  At this competition, Joyce won the silver medal.

Recently we also had in Brazil the Arnold Para Sports event, promoted by Arnold Schwazenneger, where there was a special presentation of our Capoeira team, which showed how important is inclusion in sports.

In May, our Para Synchro Swimming Team participated in a Festival in Kyoto, Japan.  The team has received a gold medal for best performance at the Festival and our athlete Veronica won the solver medal in the Solo Competition.

We hope to keep counting on our supporters so our athletes may keep showing the world how much they shine.

Our Sports projects keep on going and now it counts with more than 150 children, young and adults participating in it.

Last year we have initiated our participation in a new sport, Para Synchronized Swimming, which counts with 7 athletes.

Our table tennis athletes are in Italy at this moment competing at the Open Italy, in order to try to rank themselves among the best athletes worldwide.  Two participants, Aline Meneses Ferreira and Juliana Ferreira da Silva, and their coach, have travelled.  One of the athletes won a bronze medal.  They have been practicing hard aiming the braziliam team for the Paralympic Games in 2020.

Juliana has become paraplegic at a car accident a couple years ago, almost died, stayed at the hospital for a couple months and had never played table tennis.  She has been playing for 11 months now, se´s a very dedicated athlete and tells everybody how she has always dreamed of travelling around the world and now she´s having this opportunity through sports.

Our capoeira group counts with more than 20 athletes participating in it and it´s a inclusive group, in which parents also participate in it.   They have been going to some of our partners in order to do some presentations and mobilizing people to our cause.

Our sports projects keep on going with much enthusiasm. 

Over 120 athletes practicing mainly three sports: table tennis, swimming and bocha.

Competitions are basically finished for 2017 and the teams are practicing for 2018 already.

We count on a new team now, mostly members are from AACD Sport, a brazilian Synchro Inclusive Team.

There will be a competition in May in Japan and our 6 athletes are preparing for it.

The three teams are practicing 3 times a week, for about 3 hours / day.  Practices are focusing on:

  • Increasing of force and motor control of the involved members, through use of the implements;
  • Strengthening work through resistance and bodybuilding exercises, to increase muscular capacity (strength and endurance);
  • Learning of the modality rules, by means of random questions applied during the accomplishment of the activities.
 
 

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Associacao de Assistencia a Crianca Deficiente

Location: Sao Paulo - Brazil
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Adriana Magalhães
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Adriana Magalhães
Sao Paulo, Brazil

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