Wheelchair fencer Sandro Colaço will compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to be held from Sep. 7-18. Sponsored by the Renault Institute, the athlete was invited to take part in the event by the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) and the Brazilian Paralympic Committee, following the good results achieved in domestic and international competitions in the last few years. Colaço will be after a medal in men’s epée individual and team events.
“Everyone knows that I have been dreaming of this moment every single day in the last few years. I have been working, traveling and practicing very hard to achieve this and the support given by the Renault Institute was vital all over my journey”, said the fencer.
The Renault Institute sponsors Colaço since 2014 by offering financial support and a Renault Duster with automatic transmission through loan for use. The carmaker has also sponsored ADFP’s (Disabled Athlete Sports Association of the State of Paraná) Wheelchair Fencing Team and UNILEHU’s (Free University for Human Efficiency) Sitting Volleyball Team, whose athletes were gold medalists at the Toronto Parapan American Games, in 2015. Athletes from both teams will compete in the Rio 2016 Games.
Sandro Colaço has made major achievements in his career. He won a bronze and a gold medal at the Americas Regional Championship, in 2016, held in São Paulo. He also won a bronze, one silver and one gold medal at the Americas Regional Championship, in 2015, held in Montreal (Canada), and a bronze medal at the Montreal Grand Prix, in 2014. He was ranked first in the Brazilian Paralympic Committee’s Wheelchair Fencing overall standings in 2012 and 2013.
Created five years ago, the Renault Institute aims at promoting social and environmental responsibility activities focused on three pillars: Human Capital, channeled into Social Development, Education and Diversity; the Environment, to promote environmental sustainability; and Road Safety Education, especially with “The Road and Me” project. Approximately 400 thousand people have benefited from the actions carried out by the Renault Institute.