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Arianna Talamona

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB5, SM5

Further personal information

Family
Partner Roberto Eguaglia
Residence
Lissone, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Psychologist
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Psychology - University of Milano-Bicocca: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six. She started competing in 2009 at age 15 in Varese, Italy.
Why this sport?
She got involved in the sport as a form of physical therapy. "Swimming helped me, it was my salvation. You get to know your body, its limits and also the benefit of being strong and in shape."
Club / Team
Polha Varese [ITA] / GS Fiamme Azzurre [ITA]:

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
European Championship
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Fashion, make-up, reading, psychology, diamond painting. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; tokyo2020.org, 17 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S5 50m butterfly at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (superabile.it, 12 Jun 2020)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. (nuotounostiledivita.it, 09 Apr 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Excellent Student Athlete Award from the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (varesenews.it, 02 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 14 Mar 2021)
Impairment
She was born with hereditary spastic paraplegia, also known as Strumpell-Lorrain disease. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018; gazzetta.it, 01 May 2016)
Other information
FASHION BLOGGING
She writes a fashion and lifestyle blog, in which she discusses fashion for people with impairments. "I have always liked colours and fabrics. I am not good at designing or modelling, but I found my artistic side in what to wear. Through the years I realised some girls would ask me for tips, and I thought I could influence people. I thought a blog about fashion and disability could be the right tool to transmit my passion and for helping other people. I want to help women with a disability to dress well, to feel more beautiful, to be more confident about themselves and to express their personality." (Facebook profile, 28 Jan 2021; abilitychannel.tv, 22 Jan 2018, 04 Sep 2018; vanityfair.it, 20 Nov 2017)

VOICE FOR CHANGE
As part of her psychology course at the University of Milano-Bicocca she completed a study on couples in which one or both partners have an impairment. She hopes to use her profile as an athlete to make society more inclusive for people with an impairment. "There are too many false myths, beliefs that I try to dispel. For example, it is not thought that a person with an impairment can have a love life, but this is absolutely not the case. I have an impairment but I am perfectly healthy. I can do everything, I can be as beautiful as anyone else. The more we make normal what is different, the easier it becomes to accept people with an impairment. Institutions should work harder to make the world more inclusive. A few things are being done, of course, but still not enough." (vanityfair.it, 16 Jul 2020; it.mashable.com, 01 Jul 2020)

EARLY DAYS
She says she struggled to deal with her impairment during a period of middle school when she was forced to use her wheelchair more often. "I was unfortunate at school in the sense that I have had bad experiences. In middle school I had some bullying incidents, which added to the fact I was in a transition because I was starting to use the wheelchair a lot more. That was already [a] delicate [situation] because I had to accept the fact that being different becomes even more evident. Fortunately my friends helped a lot but it took some time. In high school, from around age 15 to the end I learned to love myself a little." (CheClasse YouTube channel, 10 Feb 2020)

PHOTO SHOOT
In 2019 she was featured in an exhibition by Italian photographer Oliviero Toscani entitled 'Naked. Disability Without Adjectives'. The exhibition featured several Para athletes who posed naked, and was presented at the 2019 Paralympic Culture Festival in Padua, Italy. "I went through several phases. There and then I said, 'Yes, okay, I'll do it'. Then I thought, 'Oh god, what did I do'. I asked for information and in the end I went. The moment I had to get naked, I was very scared, also because I had to do it in front of strangers. Then, when Oliviero started shooting, I felt that we were all the same, it was very liberating. Indeed, it was an experience that helped me to accept myself as I am." (repubblica.it, 27 Dec 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final 1 2013-08-12 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 1 2013-08-13 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Final 1 2013-08-13 8
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Final 1 2013-08-15 6
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 4
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final 1 2013-08-18 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S7 Heat 1 2016-09-08 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Final Round 2016-09-13 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM7 Heat 1 2016-09-13 3
Women's 400 m Freestyle S7 Final Round 2016-09-14 7
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB6 Heat 2 2016-09-15 6