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Angela Procida

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S2, SB1, SM2

Further personal information

Residence
Castellammare di Stabia, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, French, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Bioengineering - University of Naples Federico II: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming at age 14 in Naples, Italy.
Why this sport?
"A friend of my mother advised me to try Para swimming, which I didn't even know existed. I immediately wanted to try the sport because I always liked to swim and feel free in the water."
Club / Team
CS Portici: Naples, ITA
Name of coach
Vincenzo Allocco [personal], ITA, from 2014
Training Regime
She trains four times a week at the Portici Sports Centre in Naples, Italy.

General interest

Hobbies
Spending time with friends, travelling. (corrieredelmezzogiorno.corriere.it, 22 Jul 2020; Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 European Para Youth Games in Genoa, Italy. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The driving force of my life is chasing a goal, a dream that helps you every day overcome many challenges and obstacles, something so important that it pushes you to sacrifice. In my case, swimming helped me to be the person that I am, a person who doesn't like to give up." (dodicimagazine.com, 21 Jul 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she received an acknowledgement as an outstanding student-athlete from the city of Castellammare di Stabia in Italy. (reportweb.it, 01 Jan 2019)
Other sports
She has participated in open water swimming competitions against able-bodied athletes. (teleischia.com, 23 Aug 2020; swimswam.com, 23 Aug 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 09 Mar 2021)
Impairment
She has quadriplegia as the result of being involved in a car accident at age five. Her father and sister died in the accident. (stabiesi.net, 14 Jun 2019; swim4lifemagazine.it, 17 Mar 2016; abilitychannel.tv, 05 May 2015; Fanpage.it YouTube channel, 13 Jun 2019)
Other information
POLITICAL CANDIDATE
She stood as a candidate in the 2020 regional elections in Campania, Italy. "I had wanted to go into politics for some time. I had the opportunity to express my values, but above all the needs of the people. I want to be the person who can give people hope for change. Nowadays the most important thing to bring to the attention of the political world is respect for the rights of every person. The experience has allowed me to grow as a person, and moreover it has allowed me to start giving a voice to those who have not had one for too long." (abilitychannel.tv, 26 Oct 2020)

ACCIDENT
She credits her mother with helping her come to terms with the car accident that resulted in her impairment and the loss of her father and sister at age five. "I didn't realise what was happening, however I slowly understood the gravity of the situation. Instead of giving up I decided I had to fight, I had to react. Just as other kids were starting to walk I was learning how to do it all over again. I had to learn to write differently, to dress differently. I was a little girl who could not understand if in the future she would be able to walk again. My mother didn't know what to say to me because it was a very difficult situation for her to manage. She had lost my sister and father. She has done a great job because I am still here." (Fanpage.it YouTube channel, 13 Jun 2019)

BEAUTY CONTEST
In 2018 she took part in the Miss Wheelchair Italia beauty contest. (bresciaoggi.it, 25 Nov 2018)