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Alessia Berra

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S12, SB12, SM12

Further personal information

Residence
Monza, ITA
Occupation
Police Athlete
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Human Movement Studies, Sports Science - University of Milan: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age nine in Milan, Italy. She initially swam in a non-disabled team before switching to Para swimming in 2015.
Why this sport?
"I love swimming and very soon it became a passion."
Club / Team
GS Fiamme Azzurre [ITA] / Polha Varese [ITA] / Canottieri Milano [ITA]:
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [Polha Varese, national], ITA; Micaela Biava [Polha Varese, national]; Luca Borreca [Milano]
Training Regime
"I train for two to three hours on six days a week in the water, and two or three times in the gym, other than that it depends on the time of year and the races I have scheduled."

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Glasgow, SCO

General interest

Nicknames
Ale (Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018)
Hobbies
Cycling, painting, reading, listening to audiobooks. (spettacolomusicasport.com, 18 Sep 2021; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the S13 100m butterfly at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (spettacolomusicasport.com, 18 Sep 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When strength runs out, use your heart." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (spettacolomusicasport.com, 18 Sep 2021)
Impairment
She was born with Stargardt disease, a genetic condition that causes macular degeneration. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a swimming coach for people with physical impairments, and worked as a physical education teacher in an elementary school in Italy. (spettacolomusicasport.com, 18 Sep 2021; Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018; sipuofareintegrando.it, 01 Jan 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree at the San Raffaele University of Rome in Italy. (Facebook profile, 07 May 2022; sipuofareintegrando.it, 01 Jan 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-13 9
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 3 2015-07-14 9
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2015-07-16 7
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2015-07-16 8
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Heat 2 2016-09-08 3
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final Round 2016-09-08 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final Round 2016-09-10 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 2 2016-09-10 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-12 5
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2016-09-12 3
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-14 8
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-14 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Heat 2 2016-09-16 3
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final Round 2016-09-16 7