Student-athlete Victor Alejandro has always been passionate about cycling: at just 2 years old, he asked his father to remove the training wheels from his bike so he could ‘ride like adults’ and learned to pedal almost at the same time as he learned to speak. Today, at 13 years old, the student at Escola Estadual José do Patrocínio, in the Fazendinha neighborhood, in Macapá, is part of the group of students from Amapá who won a gold medal at the Brazilian School Games (Jebs).
For Amapá cycling, this is an unprecedented achievement in the games. Victor’s father, Villi Trindade, coordinates the CicloVili Vision of Tomorrow project, which operates in Fazendinha. In addition to Victor himself, the initiative serves other young people who dream of pursuing a career in cycling. Vili Trindade is full of pride and believes that his son is hope for the future of the sport in the state.
“An athlete from Amapá has never won a gold medal in cycling at Jebs, and after a victory of this size, other young people are encouraged to follow in this line, we have already received many contacts from parents who want to put their children in the project, inspired by the achievement from Victor”said Trindade.
The student trained for six months for the competition on different terrains such as the Curiaú road, the North-South highway, and the highway that gives access to the municipality of Mazagão, all of this anticipating the different scenarios he could encounter throughout the competition, and every effort was rewarded.
But anyone who thinks that gold was his only achievement during the event is mistaken. Victor had never previously traveled by plane and, through his victories on the track, he was able to have this experience for the first time.
“What caught my attention the most was being able to see the landscapes that I could see from up there, it was a really cool experience,” said the student.
Amapá at School Games
The Amapá delegation ended its participation in Jebs with 29 medals, 5 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze. The Government of Amapá invested R$300,000 in logistical and material support for the students who participated in the event. Check out the Amapá medalists
Ludimyla Souza – Anchieta State School – Silver
Riquelme Ledo – Nilton Balieiro State School – Silver
Alexandre Lacabanne – José do Patrocínio State School – Silver
Jennifer Souza – Lauro Chaves State School – Bronze
Jaiane Couto – Antonia Santos State School (Mazagão Velho) – Bronze
Marcos Gabriel – Barão do Rio Branco State School – Ouro
Marie dos Santos – Visconde de Mauá School – Silver
Carlos Eduardo – Prof Joanira Del Castillo State School (Santana) – Silver
Sofia Silva Oliveira – Raimunda Capiberibe Municipal School (Laranjal do Jari) – Bronze
Lívia Nathaly Nascimento – long jump – Escola Estadual Prof Antonio Ferreira Lima Neto – Silver
Gabriel Damasceno – 80m race – Escola Estadual Prof Antonio Ferreira Lima Neto – Silver
Lívia Nathaly Nascimento – shot put – Escola Estadual Prof Antonio Ferreira Lima Neto – Bronze
Women’s basketball team – José Bonifácio State School (Curiaú) – Bronze
Elizabeth Portugal – Antônio Messias State School – Silver
José Silva – Prof. Nancy Nina da Costa State School – Silver
Vinícius Jr – Lauro Chaves State School – Silver
Maria Paula Andrade – Gonçalves Dias State School – Bronze
Ana Beatriz Carvalho – Santina Rioli State School – Bronze
Laynne Gabriely Ferreira Tolosa – Lima Neto State School – Silver
Kauã Gustavo Santos – José do Patrocínio State School – Gold
Isabella Ferreira – Duque de Caxias State School – Gold
Lorrane lahis Vilhena – Escola Estadua Augusto dos Anjos – Bronze
Kamily Gabriely Félix – Antônio Ferreira Lima Neto State School – Bronze
João Pedro – Carlos Alberto Viana Marques State School – Bronze
Mario Victor – Antônio Ferreira Lima Neto State School – Bronze
Davi Costa – Antônio Messias State School – Bronze
Victor Alejandro Lopes da Silva – José do Patrocínio State School – Gold
Andella Victória Silva Alves and Kurt Cobain Pureza Leão (mixed doubles) – Escola Teotônio Brandão Vilela (Vitória do Jari) – Silver
Klaus Alves Rodrigues and Kurt Cobain Pureza Leão (male duo) – Francisca Araújo School and Teotônio Vilela School – Bronze
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