Ana Paula Alves is a professor of physiotherapy at IBMR in Rio de Janeiro. She is also a striker and the captain of the Brazilian national volleyball wheelchair team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London (GBR), which start on August 29.
Professor Ana Paula Alves lost both of her legs in a hit and run accident in 1991. She worked for 10 years to promote Paralympic sport and in 2000 was responsible for the coordination of the Brazilian delegation to the Paralympics in Sydney (AUS). In 2002, Ana Paula became a wheelchair volleyball player and was part of the first Brazilian Paralympic team, where she remains today.
The IBMR professor has played on the Sesi team for the last six years and is a national champion. She joined the team that in August 2011 was responsible for earning Brazil a place in the London Paralympics by winning the silver medal after only suffering defeat in the final, against the United States. National teams from Canada and Colombia also competed in the classification competition.
On August 12, Ana Paula and her teammates leave for the English city of Manchester with the aim of realizing the goal of all athletes.
This article was originally written in Portuguese and has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.