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Pamela Fernandes

Three time medallist & first female Paralympian to receive the US Olympic Spirit Award

 Pamela Fernandes Biography

At four years of age, Pam Fernandes learned a word that most four year olds rarely, if ever, even know: diabetes. She was diagnosed, at this very young age, with Type I insulin dependent diabetes. The Connecticut native, the youngest girl in a family of five boys and two girls, learned to manage the disease and became a high school basketball and softball player.

Fernandes' physical challenges intensified when, at 18 years of age, she began losing her sight, one of the most common complications of the disease. She, as well as anyone, understood the seriousness of her condition as she began the very long road that would lead to over 30 operations. She had lost her older brother Mark to the same disease.

Odds makers would have thought she was beaten, but not Fernandes. Determined and still fiercely independent in spite of enormous physical challenges, she continued her undergraduate studies at Boston's Wheelock College. She earned her BS in education, all while undergoing dialysis treatments three days a week for kidney disease, the second major complication of her diabetes. She received her degree in education in May of 1985 to a standing ovation.

Still on dialysis she started her career as a spokesperson for people with disabilities. One of her proudest accomplishments was founding the "Team with a Vision," a team of blind, partially sighted and sighted runners that competes in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and to educate the public about the abilities of people with disabilities. Although active with a career and philanthropic work, Fernandes was still tied to three days a week of dialysis. Then, at age 27 she decided to get a kidney transplant. The decision changed her life.

Physically active for the first time in six years, Fernandes took up bike riding. She was hooked on tandem cycling after her first ride, discovering that "going that fast was a great experience. So often, for people who are blind, mobility is restricted. To experience speed and freedom like that which you find on a bicycle, is pretty exciting."

Now a three time Paralympic medalist, Fernandes enjoys cycling for many reasons, including the fact that it keeps her in top physical shape, important in her fight against diabetes. She trains five to six days per week, logging over 500 miles per month, and competes in regional, national and international cycling events each year.

To date, her most impressive athletic accomplishment was her performance at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. She and her partner, Al Whaley, clutched the first Gold medal ever won by a tandem for the United States in Paralympic history. Their Gold medal performance also established a new world and Paralympic record in the 1 kilometer time trial. Additionally, the pair won a Silver medal in the match sprints. All of this in spite of Fernandes breaking her foot just ten days before her first event in Sydney. In recognition of her determination and courage, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) named Fernandes and Whaley as recipients of the USOC Olympic Spirit Award, presented in Salt Lake City in February 2001.

Fernandes' work in the diabetes community is as important to her as her work on the bike. Sge was the 2001 American Diabetes Association's National Spokesperson for The Diabetes Alert Campaign. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is a member of the Women's Sports Foundation, the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and the New England Women's Fund. She is also a member of The Hartford Financial Service Group's "Team Ability," the nation's first corporate sponsored team of athletes with disabilities.

Although Fernandes has amassed an impressive collection of medals and awards in her nine years of competition, she isn't done yet. She will continue racing and educating others about the amazing abilities of those with disabilities and to promote the benefits of physical fitness. Through her travels as a professional speaker and a competitive athlete, Fernandes changes the lives of those she meets, helping them realize their own potential as well as the power of the human spirit.

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Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Pamela Fernandes or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

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 Pamela Fernandes Biography

At four years of age, Pam Fernandes learned a word that most four year olds rarely, if ever, even know: diabetes. She was diagnosed, at this very young age, with Type I insulin dependent diabetes. The Connecticut native, the youngest girl in a family of five boys and two girls, learned to manage the disease and became a high school basketball and softball player.

Fernandes' physical challenges intensified when, at 18 years of age, she began losing her sight, one of the most common complications of the disease. She, as well as anyone, understood the seriousness of her condition as she began the very long road that would lead to over 30 operations. She had lost her older brother Mark to the same disease.

Odds makers would have thought she was beaten, but not Fernandes. Determined and still fiercely independent in spite of enormous physical challenges, she continued her undergraduate studies at Boston's Wheelock College. She earned her BS in education, all while undergoing dialysis treatments three days a week for kidney disease, the second major complication of her diabetes. She received her degree in education in May of 1985 to a standing ovation.

Still on dialysis she started her career as a spokesperson for people with disabilities. One of her proudest accomplishments was founding the "Team with a Vision," a team of blind, partially sighted and sighted runners that competes in the Boston Marathon to raise money for the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and to educate the public about the abilities of people with disabilities. Although active with a career and philanthropic work, Fernandes was still tied to three days a week of dialysis. Then, at age 27 she decided to get a kidney transplant. The decision changed her life.

Physically active for the first time in six years, Fernandes took up bike riding. She was hooked on tandem cycling after her first ride, discovering that "going that fast was a great experience. So often, for people who are blind, mobility is restricted. To experience speed and freedom like that which you find on a bicycle, is pretty exciting."

Now a three time Paralympic medalist, Fernandes enjoys cycling for many reasons, including the fact that it keeps her in top physical shape, important in her fight against diabetes. She trains five to six days per week, logging over 500 miles per month, and competes in regional, national and international cycling events each year.

To date, her most impressive athletic accomplishment was her performance at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. She and her partner, Al Whaley, clutched the first Gold medal ever won by a tandem for the United States in Paralympic history. Their Gold medal performance also established a new world and Paralympic record in the 1 kilometer time trial. Additionally, the pair won a Silver medal in the match sprints. All of this in spite of Fernandes breaking her foot just ten days before her first event in Sydney. In recognition of her determination and courage, the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) named Fernandes and Whaley as recipients of the USOC Olympic Spirit Award, presented in Salt Lake City in February 2001.

Fernandes' work in the diabetes community is as important to her as her work on the bike. Sge was the 2001 American Diabetes Association's National Spokesperson for The Diabetes Alert Campaign. She also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Joslin Diabetes Center. She is a member of the Women's Sports Foundation, the Diabetes Exercise and Sports Association, the United States Association of Blind Athletes, and the New England Women's Fund. She is also a member of The Hartford Financial Service Group's "Team Ability," the nation's first corporate sponsored team of athletes with disabilities.

Although Fernandes has amassed an impressive collection of medals and awards in her nine years of competition, she isn't done yet. She will continue racing and educating others about the amazing abilities of those with disabilities and to promote the benefits of physical fitness. Through her travels as a professional speaker and a competitive athlete, Fernandes changes the lives of those she meets, helping them realize their own potential as well as the power of the human spirit.

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All American Speakers is among the largest full-service talent booking agencies in the world.

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ALL AMERICAN ADVANTAGE »
Booking Agency-related Disclaimer

Fee Information: Booking Fees to hire speakers and celebrities are determined based on a number factors and often change without notice. Fee Ranges listed on this website are intended to serve only as a guideline. For the most current celebrity fees or to check availability, please contact a booking agent.

Please Note: All American Speakers Bureau acts only as an entertainment broker/producer for corporate functions, private engagements and special events. All American Speakers Bureau does not claim or represent itself as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Pamela Fernandes or any artists or celebrities on this website.

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials and endorsements.

Profiles listed on this website are provided as a resource to our clients, which are meeting and event planners and other buyers of talent in order to provide them with the widest variety and selection of available talent. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read about the All American Speakers Bureau Advantage.

Due to the volume of emails and calls we receive, we can no longer respond to inquiries related to any of the following:

  • Schedules of upcoming public appearances
  • Contact info for artists or requests to forward messages.
  • Artist's TV, stage or film projects or representation
  • Media requests for print, radio or TV interviews.
  • Any inquiry not related to hiring talent for paid engagements

Related Tags: Find top-rated keynote speakers, corporate entertainers and famous personalities like Pamela Fernandes. Find information on booking Pamela Fernandes for appearances, speaking engagements and endorsements. Your source for booking agency and speaker bureau contact info, as well as how to contact a celebrity talent booking agent that can book Pamela Fernandes, list of similar top-rated speakers for hire, what is the cost to book a top 10 motivational speaker, musician, comedian or famous athlete like Pamela Fernandes.

This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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