Amaya Alonso

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Amaya Alonso
Personal information
Nationality Spanish
Country  Spain
Sport Swimming

Amaya Alonso is a Spanish Paralmpic swimmer who has represented her counter at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Paralympics.


Alonso was born in 1989 in Valladolid.[1] She has almost no vision in her right eye, and only around 10% in her left.[2]


Alonso is a member of C.N. Gimnasio Valladolid.[2]

In 2005, when Alonso was 16 years old, she was a member of Club El Refugio de Huerta del Rey. At the time, she was starting to specialize in the 200 meter freestyle event.[2] That year, she competed in the Spanish national championships, finishing high enough to qualify for a competition in Colorado Springs.[2] At the 2007 IBSA World Games, she won a gold medal.[2] She competed at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, finishing eighth in the 200 meter freestyle.[1][3]

In 2009, Alonso competed at the Interautonómico Spring Championship for the Blind and Visually Impaired where the S12 swimmer set a world record in the 400 meters freestyle event. In doing so, she qualified for the World Championships Short Course in Brazil.[4] She competed at the 2009 German Open.[5] In 2011, she competed at the Spanish national adaptive swimming championships.[6][7] She competed at the 2011 IPC European Championships, where she qualified for the finals in the S12 100 meter butterfly event where she qualified for the finals in eighth place.[8] She finished fifth in the 100 meter butterfly with a time of 4:57.41.[9] She also earned a bronze medal at the event.[2] In June 2012, she participated in the Castilla and León Adapted Swimming Open, which served as a Paralympic qualifying event. She had previously qualified for the Games in the 400 meter freestyle, 100 meter butterfly, 100 meter freestyle, 100 meter backstroke and 200 meter individual medley. Coming out of the evemt, she won the 50 meter backstroke and 100 meter backstroke events.[10] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she finished fifth in the 200 meter freestyle event with a time of 2:38.78. With three Spaniards making the finals, Alonso had the best finish.[11] She was one of twelve vision impaired Spanish swimmers competing at the Games.[12] Prior to heading to London, she participated in a national vision impaired swim team training camp at the High Performance Centre of Sant Cugat from 6 to 23 August. Daily at the camp, there were two in water training sessions and one out of water training session.[2]


  1. ^ a b Íñigo Gurruchaga (2012-09-04). "Amaya, libre en 200 estilos. El Correo" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Los nadadores paralímpicos ciegos se concentran para Londres 2012" (in Spanish). Spain: Solidaridad Digital. 6 August 2012. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Discreta actuación de los paralímpicos españoles" (in Spanish). Spain: 10 September 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Los nadadores ciegos baten tres récords de España en el Interautonómico de Primavera | Solidaridad" (in Spanish). Spain: 2009-04-28. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "El Open de Alemania reúne en Berlín a los mejores nadadores paralímpicos del mundo. hoySport" (in Spanish). Spain: Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Los mejores nadadores paralímpicos disputan el Campeonato de España" (in Spanish). Spain: Medular Digital. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Los mejores nadadores paralímpicos disputan desde hoy el campeonato de españa en murcia – Natación – Noticias, última hora, vídeos y fotos de Natación en" (in Spanish). Spain: 2011-06-04. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "El nadador andaluz, Martínez Tajuelo, medalla de plata en el Europeo de Natación Paralímpica" (in Spanish). Spain: Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "El nadador extremeño Enrique Floriano consigue su primera medalla en los Campeonatos de Europa de Natación Paralímpica disputados en Berlín" (in Spanish). Spain: 2011-07-08. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Los nadadores españoles se quedaron sin mínimas en el I Open Castilla y León" (in Spanish). Spain: Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "El nadador Miguel Luque evita que la quinta jornada 'pase en blanco' para el medallero español" (in Spanish). Spain: 2013-06-14. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Servimedia-Noticias-Sociedad" (in Spanish). Spain: Archived from the original on 3 January 2014. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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