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Alejandro Zarzuela

Alejandro Zarzuela

Wheelchair Basketball

Their Journey

"I became passionate about it when I went to watch a training session for the first time. From that moment on, I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. "

Alejandro Zarzuela

Alejandro Zarzuela Beltrán was born in Jerez de la Frontera on the 27th April 1987 with a congenital condition called Spina Bifida. Growing up enjoying sports as part of his rehabilitation, it was originally archery that first caught Alejandro's attention at the age of 9 - "I joined the federation and competed for two years. But it was later when I first discovered wheelchair basketball".

Attending a training session to watch his brother Pablo play, Alejandro instantly fell in love with wheelchair basketball and found his passion in life. "I became passionate about it when I went to watch a training session for the first time. From that moment on, I knew that was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I respected the values that are transmitted through the sport and also the valuable time I could spend with other people who have different disabilities - that's very rewarding to me".

Alejandro signed up for his City's local team - and was a member for two years before signing up with the San Fernando team where they moved from the second to first division in his first year (and from the first division to top level in his second year). Adding further achievements to his resume, including winning a silver in the Copa Del Rey, Alejandro joined the Spanish National Team, which gave him some of the most unforgettable moments in his life (including winning two European gold medals and a Silver medal in the World Championships and also attending London 2012 and the Korea World championships).

With his passion in life to feel fulfilled in everything he does, Alejandro can't imagine a time where Basketball isn't part of his life. "It's my dream to become a top-ten player with worldwide recognition. I also want to get people interested in sports through our achievements, fighting together as a family to guarantee the future of sports for people with disabilities and make it more visible. Wheelchair basketball really means everything to me, it's my whole life. I devote myself exclusively to it. It's given me a second family and allowed me to participate alongside my twin brother. It also allowed me to meet the woman who is now my wife".

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Road to Glory

2016

Paralympic Games (Rio)

Silver Medal

Copa de S.M. El Rey (Málaga)

Champion

2015

European Cup (Cerdeña)

Sixth Runner-Up

Turkish Cup

Champion

Turkish League

Champion

2014

Copa del Rey (Málaga)

Champion

European Cup (Madrid)

Runner-Up

Spanish League

Champion

World Championships (Korea)

Fourth Runner-Up