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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

Occupation
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 an able-bodied team before switching to Para swimming in 2015.
Why this sport?
"I love swimming and very soon it became a passion."
Club / Team
Polha Varese: Italy
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [club, national], ITA; Riccardo Vernole [national]

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. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S12 100m butterfly at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; paralympic.org, 19 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family and her coach. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"When strength runs out, use your heart." (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 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 in Italy. (Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018; sipuofareintegrando.it, 01 Jan 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has also studied at the San Raffaele University of Rome in Italy. (Facebook profile, 19 Sep 2018; 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