In 2012 and 2013 she gained much visibility as the first woman to complete major foot races (15 and 21 km) in Brazil on crutches. In 2013 She was invited to join Time São Paulo, a group of elite disabled athletes that were prepared to compete in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. She competed in Rio as part of the national adapted sailing delegation, and was later that year nominated the top Brazilian athlete in disabled sailing. Mari’s accomplishments are not limited to sports, however. She is a successful motivational speaker, and her audiences span a variety of groups, such as universities, corporations and the respected TED circuit.