Michelle Alonso Morales

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Michelle Alonso Morales
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Personal information
Nationality  Spain
Born (1994-03-29) 29 March 1994 (age 23)
Sport Swimming

Michelle Alonso Morales (born 29 March 1994, in Tenerife) is a swimmer competitor from Spain. She has been dubbed by the media as "The Little Mermaid of the Canary Islands".[1] She is also considered one of the most important personalities of Spanish sport.[2]


Morales was born 29 March 1994 and has an intellectual disability.[3] She is from the Canary Islands.[4] As of 2012, she lived in Tenerife.[3] In October 2013, she was awarded the gold Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo[5] at a ceremony at the Teatro de Madrid Cofidis, and attended by Princess Elena, Minister of Education, Culture and Sport, José Ignacio Wert, the president of the Higher Sports Council (CSD), Miguel Cardinal, and the Director General of Sports of CSD, Ana Muñoz.[6][7]


Morales is an S14 classified swimmer.[3] She is affiliated with the Spanish Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability (FEddi).[8]

In 2010, Morales competed at the Tenerife International Open.[9]

In 2012 Morales competed at the Paralympic Swimming Championship of Spain by Autonomous Communities.[10]

Morales raced at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, England where she earned a gold medal in the 100 metre breaststroke setting a new world record of 1:16.85.[3][11] She competed at the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships,[12][13] where she won a gold medal in her favoured 100m breaststroke.[6] The next year she again represented Spain, this time in the 2014 IPC Swimming European Championships. She entered four events, winning gold in the 100m breaststroke S14 breaking her own world record, set at the Paralympics, by over a second.[14]


  1. ^ Michelle Alonso, la sirenita canaria
  2. ^ Michelle Alonso Morales, entre las grandes del deporte español
  3. ^ a b c d "Biografías" (in Spanish). Spain: Comité Paralímpico Español. 2012. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Agencia EFE. "Los nadadores canarios Michelle Alonso e Israel Oliver competirán por triunfo." (in Spanish). Spain: Eldiariomontanes.es. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "El paralímpico extremeño Enrique Floriano recibe la Medalla de la Real Orden al Mérito Deportivo" (in Spanish). Region Digital. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Michelle Alonso Morales, entre las grandes del deporte espaĂąol" (in Spanish). Diario de Avisos. October 29, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ 29 de octubre de 2013. 18:32h Ep.  Madrid. "Belmonte, Lorenzo y Gómez Noya reciben la Real Orden del Mérito Deportivo - La Razón digital" (in Spanish). Larazon.es. Retrieved November 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Los mejores nadadores paralímpicos disputan el Campeonato de España en Murcia - Natación - Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Los nadadores paralímpicos baten siete récords de España en el Open Internacional de Tenerife — Natación — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Castellón acoge a los mejores nadadores en el Campeonato de España de Natación Paralímpica — Natación — Esto es DxT" (in Spanish). Spain: Estoesdxt.es. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Frecuencia Digital Debutan el Atletismo y La Roja de Fútbol 5 en los Parlímpicos" (in Spanish). Frecuenciadigital.es. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  12. ^ "Deportes : La extremeña Isabel Yinghua Hernández competirá en el Campeonato del Mundo de Natación Paralímpica" (in Spanish). Spain: Extremaduradehoy.com. Archived from the original on 11 August 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  13. ^ Estadio deportivo (2013-02-27). "Marta Gσmez, en busca de ser finalista en el Mundial de Nataciσn Paralνmpica" (in Spanish). Spain: Estadio deportivo. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Women's 100m Breaststroke SB14 Final" (PDF). 6 August 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.