Road to Rio

Jefinho Gonçalves
Football 5-a-side Brazil

Jefinho Gonçalves

Two-time Paralympic champion
(Beijing 2008 and London 2012)
Gold at Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011 Parapan-American Games, world champion and player of the year in 2010
Full name: Jeferson da Conceição Gonçalves Date and location of birth: 5 October 1989 – Candeias (Bahia), Brazil
Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
Challenge: Born with glaucoma and went blind aged seven Position: Right wing

Trivia

Started playing football at age 11 Likes to play the keyboard
Keeps his medals on a shelf When he feels nostalgic, he gets a medal to remember the conquest Chats with the enemy Talks with the Argentine team on Facebook
Best moment Winning the gold medal in London Worst moment Early in his career he almost abandoned football for studies

What makes the Rio 2016 Games different

Idol

“The receptivity of the Brazilian people is huge. Our visitors will feel the joy of the Brazilian people, how it vibrates, the way we enjoy ourselves.” Mizael Conrado
Jefinho Gonçalves
The best thing about being a Paralympic athlete is to be doing what we like, not to mention that sport is healthy and being healthy is fundamental.
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