As a child Francisca always dreamed of being an athlete and participating in an Olympic Games. Years later her dream would come true but in a very different way than imagined.
The year 1999 was recorded as a record hurricane season in the Atlantic, with storms reaching Category 5 strength, Hurricane Lenny was one of them. As rain and winds reached 155-mile-per-hour Francisca was caught in the storm and slipped and fell about 14 feet into a ravine. Unable to move her legs, Francisca dragged herself nearly 330 feet to a bunker where she remained alone for two days, cold and in excruciating pain.
It was in her road to recovery that Francisca discovered Wheelchair Tennis and began a professional career that saw her represent Chile in 11 World Team Cups and went on to reach a career high ranking of World No. 11. Amongst her other achievements she won two Parapan American Games Bronze Medals in Rio de Janerio, 2007 and Guadalajara, 2011 as well as competing at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In mid 2017 due to injury Francisca was forced to retire from the Wheelchair Tennis Circuit, but was able to make a successful transition into Para Athletics where since 2018 she now competes in Javelin, Discuss and Shot Put in the F54 Category.
In this time, Francisca has reached World No. 1 status in both Shot Put and Discus with 2019 being crowned as a stand out year for Francisca. In August she won a Silver Medal in Shot Put at the Parapan American Games in Lima setting a Parapan record in her category. Then in November as she competed in her first World Para Athletics Championships, held in Dubai, she won a Gold Medal, becoming World Champion and setting a new World Record in her category.
2019 World Para Athletics Championships, Dubai
Gold - F54 Shot Put, 8.19mts
2019 Parapan Games, Lima
Silver - F54 Shot Put
2007 Parapan Games, Rio
Bronze - Wheelchair Tennis
2011 Parapan Games, Guadalajara
Bronze - Wheelchair Tennis
Shot Put, 8.19mts
2 x Americas Discus Record
6 x Americas Shot Put Record
Shot Put Parapan Record, 7.67mts
SPEAKING & EVENTS
In addition to her great triumphs and numerous awards for her sporting performances, Francisca is also an accomplished motivational speaker.
With a compelling story of success in the face of adversity, Francisca will leave you captivated and truly inspired.
Lecturing on topics such as Teamwork, Motivation, Self-Care, Prevention of Risks and Resilience, Francisca was also the creator and manager of the ‘Workshop for Disabled Tennis’ which is based on improving the quality of both personal life and family.
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