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She overcame adversity with faith and is heading to the Paralympics in Tokyo

Mahira Bergallo Brzezicki, 19, is an Argentine athlete who will be participating in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, proud of overcoming adversity and certain that her being chosen to compete is an answer from God.

Bergallo, who was born with cerebral palsy, lives in Oberá, and will travel to the Japanese capital to compete in the Paralympic Games that bring together hundreds of athletes with physical or intellectual disabilities.

In this world event, the young athlete will represent Argentina, entrusting herself to God and wearing a “bracelet with a cross.”

The competition will be held Aug. 24 – Sept. 5 and includes sports such as archery, badminton, basketball, wheelchair fencing, horseback riding, judo, boccia, cycling, blind soccer, goalball, and track and field. Bergallo’s specialty is shot put.

She was surprised she was named to participate in the Paralympics in Tokyo and only found out the last weekend in June through the Argentine Federation of Athletes with Cerebral Palsy.

Since then she has juggled her days among her college studies in communications, an intense training schedule, and the charismatic renewal youth group to which she belongs.

Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, Bergallo explained that she didn’t imagine she would get this “tremendous news,” since in her life she has always set “small goals” due to her physical condition.

Bergallo was born Aug. 22, 2001, at six months gestation. The delivery was complex as her twin sister was born first and due to lack of oxygen, Bergallo suffers from cerebral palsy. This affected her ability to move, but not her intellect.

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