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Pamela Fernandes

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

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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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    Booking fees for Pamela Fernandes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Pamela Fernandes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Pamela Fernandes?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Pamela Fernandes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Pamela Fernandes for your next private or corporate function.
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Pamela Fernandes

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

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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.

FAQs on booking Pamela Fernandes

  • How to book Pamela Fernandes?
    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Pamela Fernandes for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Pamela Fernandes, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Pamela Fernandes or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Pamela Fernandes?
    Booking fees for Pamela Fernandes, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Pamela Fernandes, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Pamela Fernandes?
    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Pamela Fernandes for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Pamela Fernandes for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?
    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Pamela Fernandes or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Pamela Fernandes or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Pamela Fernandes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Pamela Fernandes for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Pamela Fernandes generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Robyn Benincasa, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Dara Torres, Larysa Didio and Gabby Douglas. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Pamela Fernandes for an upcoming event.

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