Berck-sur-Mer 2018: Brazil to send strong team

Country will take 17 athletes to the European Open Champs in France

Athlete celebrating in Para powerlifting competition Evanio da Silva celebrating at the Mexico City 2017 World Championships © • Daniel Zappe/MPIX/CPB

The Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB) announced a strong team to compete in the Berck-sur-Mer 2018 World Para Powerlifting European Open Championships. Seventeen athletes will represent the South American country in France.

Among them is Evanio da Silva, silver medallist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and bronze medallist in the Mexico City 2017 World Championships in the men’s up to 88 kg category.

Another medallist in Mexico City going to Berck-sur-Mer is Mateus de Assis Silva, who took silver in the men’s up to 107kg in the World Junior Championships.

CPB Para Powerlifting wants to use the European Open Championships as way for athletes to achieve qualification to the Americas Open Championships in December.

Initially, CPB planned to send a delegation to the World Cup in Dubai in February but the training programme for the 2018 season was redesigned following the postponement of the World Championships last year.

The competition in Mexico City moved from late September to early December due to the devastating earthquake near Mexico City on 19 September.

Around 250 athletes from 30 countries are expected to compete in the World Para Powerlifting European Open Championships from 25-29 May.

Brazil’s delegation at Berck-sur-Mer 2018:

Ailton de Andrade Bento de Souza – men’s -80 kg

Amanda Aparecida Santos de Sousa – women’s -73 kg

Bruno Pinheiro Carra – men’s -59 kg

Christian Divino Porteiro – men’s +107 kg

Evanio Rodrigues da Silva – men’s -88 kg

Ezequiel de Souza Correa – men’s -72 kg

Joao Maria de Franca Junior – men’s -49 kg

Lara Aparecida Ferreira S. de Lima – women’s -41 kg

Luciano Bezerra Dantas – men’s -65 kg

Marcia Cristina de Menezes – women’s -79 kg

Maria Luzineide Santos de Oliveira – women’s -50 kg

Mariana d’Andrea – women’s -67 kg

Mateus de Assis Silva – men’s -107 kg

Rene Belcassia da Silva Souza – women’s -55 kg

Rodrigo Rosa de Carvalho Marques – men’s -97 kg

Tayana de Souza Medeiros Atleta – women’s -86 kg

Terezinha Mulato dos Santos – women’s -61kg