April 26, 2018 – Charlotte, North Carolina – Mabio Costa of Orlando, Florida has been named the OPAF First Swim Director. Mabio has been a First Swim Instructor since 2011, helping to grow the program nationally with numerous First Swim clinics across the country. Most recently Mabio has been the First Swim instructor at the Amputee Coaltion National Conferences held since 2013.
Mabio is a two time World Champion Triathlete, winning first for his birth country of Brazil and following his move to the United States, won again after September 11 as a way to give back to his new chosen country. Mabio is a congenital below the knee amputee and works as a prosthetic technician with Prosthetic Orthotic Associates in Orlando. He and his wife, Rita have two daughters, Olivia and Julia.
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About OPAF: Serving as the philanthropic arm of the US orthotic and prosthetic community, the Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF), develops, implements, partners and hosts adaptive recreational clinics for those with physical challenges. The First Clinics are recognized as leaders in adaptive recreation. Whether this is the first time a participant is trying an activity after illness, injury or episode or the first time they are ever trying, First Clinics offer top notch adaptive instruction specifically for them. Founded in 1995 to support the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, OPAF & The First Clinics have moved forward to offer introductory level adaptive recreation opportunities to everyone, not just the elite athlete. For more information on OPAF and The First Clinics, visit www.opafonline.org.