6 Must-See Peruvian Para Athletes at Lima 2019

6 Must-See Peruvian Para Athletes at Lima 2019

Jorge arcela

Para athlete Jorge Arcela aiming with a riffle

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Jorge Arcela, who was born in Ayacucho 31 years ago, is a famous Peruvian Para shooter and member of the first Peruvian Para shooting team. He started practicing this Para sport just two years ago and it was almost natural for him. His story with shooting, however, started when he was a police officer that practiced this sport with his colleagues.

In the short time he has been practicing Para shooting, Jorge Arcela had made Peru proud with medals claimed at international events. He won the bronze medal at the Châteauroux 2018 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup and landed the gold at the Cali International Open. At the Cali Open, he received enough points to qualify for Lima 2019 and even Tokyo 2020! Because of these achievements, the National Paralympic Association of Peru (ANPP) named him the best Para athlete of 2019. This recognition motivated him to give his best on August 26th at 09:00am at the Las Palmas Shooting Range at these Lima 2019 Games.

Luis Sandoval

Luis Sandoval and his guide running during Para athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

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Born in Chiclayo in 1994, Luis Sandoval is a Para athlete who competes in Para athletics 1500 m and 5000 m events. He was the first Peruvian Para athlete with visual impairment to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and other international competitions. He has won nine medals, from which two are silver medals claimed at the Barranquilla Open in Colombia and one is a gold medal landed at Loterías Caixa Championship in Sao Paulo.

Luis studied economics at a university in his hometown. It was here where he started learning about this sport. He soon traveled to Lima at age 18, attracted by the idea of discovering Para athletics. He soon managed to dominate the track and find the connection with his guide while running. Currently, he is dedicated to training full time at the Cusco High-Performance Center, after taking a break from his studies but only momentarily. He is deeply grateful to his Para athletics coaches, but he stated that "sport is not forever", so he plans to finish his university career.

Luis will finally be able to demonstrate all his passion on the Para athletics track in front of the Peruvian audience at the Lima 2019 Games this saturday August 24th at 03:00pm, at the VIDENA Athletics Stadium.

Carlos Felipa

Para athlete Carlos Felipa during shot put event


This Para athlete is one of the best known in Peru, especially after his participation in the Parapan American Torch lighting ceremony in Pachacamac, where he was the first bearer of the Parapan American Torch. What an honor!

This former military started in Para athletics in 2014 and, since then, he has not stopped surprising Peru with his talent and skills. He won the gold for Peru in the F63 category at the National Open Games in Barranquilla 2018, two gold medals in 100 m and 200 m events at the 2015 Military World Games in Mungyeong, Korea, and a gold one in long jump at the 2016 Ecuador Para athletics International Open. A true multidisciplinary athlete!

In addition to his sporting feats at national and international events, Felipa is an instructor of Krav Maga, Israel's method of defense and combat, and demonstrates his determination and character by teaching how to remain calm and act in risky situations.

Learn more about him, his passion for sports and his training for these Lima 2019 Games in his official Facebook page. Do not miss the chance to see him in competition this sunday August 25th at 06:00pm at the VIDENA Athletic Stadium.

Dunia Felices

Para swimmer Dunia Felices in action

The Ayacucho-born Para swimmer Dunia Felices has already made Peru proud with medals won at different international events: she claimed the silver medal in 2017 at the Medellin Para Swimming Open, gold at the National Championship, and aims to land the gold at Lima 2019. Dunia came to Lima as a child and developed a passion for swimming through dedication and perseverance. “When I’m swimming, I feel like I’m flying”, she said about Para Swimming which has made her an idol for Peruvians. She started her high-performance training in 2016 and aimed to represent Peru at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Since then, she has not stopped to amaze the world with her skills.

Dunia, apart from being a Para athlete, is an artist of plastic and visual arts. She is also a passionate advocate for the inclusion of people with an impairment. Learn more about her career and story on her Facebook page and do not forget to cheer her on on August 25th at the VIDENA Aquatics Center.

Pedro Pablo de Vinatea

Para athlete Pedro Pablo de Vinatea in action during Para badminton event

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The outstanding Peruvian athlete, well known by the Para badminton world for his determination and energy, has already demonstrated his feat winning the gold in the Lima 2018 Pan American Para Badminton Championships.

He was a Peruvian badminton champion during his teenage years, but he went through a leg amputation due to bone cancer. However, after an arduous recovery and a great effort, Pedro Pablo de Vinatea came back to sports and joined the Peruvian Para badminton team. He will continue make Peru proud at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. This is the second time he participates in the Games. In fact, he was the flag bearer of the Peruvian team at Toronto 2015, where he did not participate in Para badminton, but in Para swimming. Now, Pedro Pablo de Vinatea looks forward to showcasing his talent in Peru and take the gold home.

Follow his Para badminton adventures on his official Facebook to cheer him on this thursday August 29th at 09:00am at the Sports Center 3 of VIDENA.

Pilar Jáuregui

Pilar Jáuregui during Para badminton event

Pilar Jáuregui, the well-known star of Peruvian Para Badminton, comes to Lima 2019 to continue dazzling the public with her passion for sports. A congenital injury forced her to abandon sports when she was a teenager. At age 22, she could no longer stay away from sports and she started to immerse in the Para badminton world. She competed for the first time at the Pan Am Para Badminton Championships 2016 in Medellin, Colombia, where she won the gold in singles.

This was just the start of her successful career! Later on, she won multiple gold medals for Peru at the Pan Am Para-Badminton Championships 2018 held in Lima; because of this, she was recognized by the Americas Paralympic Committee as the best Para athlete of 2018. All sports fans look forward to seeing her winning again at this Lima 2019 Parapan American Games. Do not miss this opportunity! Support Pili this thursday August 29th, at 09:00am at the Sports Center 3 of VIDENA.

These are a few of the many talented Para athletes who will represent Peru at Lima 2019. Now that you know their stories, do not miss the opportunity to see them in competition at the most important Para sports event of the Americas! Get your tickets now and Let’s All Play in Lima 2019!

The delegation of 139 Peruvian Para athletes pose for a photo at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Village