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Alessia Scortechini

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Family
Partner Riccardo Menciotti
Residence
Rome, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French, Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four in Rome, Italy.
Why this sport?
At age 17 she decided to begin competing in Para swimming, but she did not initially gain an impairment classification. She was later contacted by Para swimming coach Daniele Naldi, who helped her to become classified.
Club / Team
CC Aniene: Rome, ITA
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA; Alessandro D'Alessandro

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Nicknames
Scortys (Facebook profile, 14 Nov 2015)
Hobbies
Shopping. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the S10 100m freestyle at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mara Grelloni. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In December 2017 she received the Golden Necklace for Sports Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (bicitv.it, 19 Dec 2017; coni.it, 12 Dec 2017)
Famous relatives
Her partner Riccardo Menciotti has represented Italy in Para swimming. He won bronze in the men's 34 points 4x100m medley relay at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and also competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 May 2022; Riccardo Menciotti Instagram profile, 24 Sep 2021, 12 Oct 2020; fedpc.org, 13 Aug 2018)
Impairment
She was born with one forearm shorter than the other. (finp.it, 22 Aug 2017)
Other information
EARLY DAYS
She says she grew up confident about her impairment, but began to use swimming as an outlet when she became more self-conscious in her teenage years. "I was ashamed of nothing growing up. From the end of elementary school that changed a little. I told myself to make new friends but I was afraid of whether people would like me. People who had hands the same would see a girl with one hand like theirs but not the other. Many people asked to see my hand because I would hide it. I saw the water as a refuge and a revenge. Swimming was the only thing that really made me feel myself. In the water I could not hide and I could not mask myself, the water was a safe haven in which even my disability was not an obstacle." (Ability Channel YouTube channel, 07 Aug 2018; ilfaroonline.it, 13 Sep 2019)

DENTAL TECHNICIAN
She has worked as a dental technician in Italy. (Ability Channel YouTube channel, 07 Aug 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2017-12-02 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-02 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S10 Final 1 2017-12-07 4