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TALAMONA Arianna
Sport Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthVarese, ITA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB5, SM6
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Roberto
Residence
Malnate, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Psychologist, Student
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 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: Italy
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [club, national], ITA; Micaela Biava [club, national]
Training Regime
She trains in the pool for three hours a day, six days a week. She also does strength work at the gym.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Italy
General Interest
Hobbies
Fashion, playing video games, watching movies and television. (gazzetta.it, 01 May 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2016 European Championships in Funchal, Portugal, and competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (vanityfair.it, 20 Nov 2017)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If I want, I can. I do not care about anything else." (Facebook profile, 23 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Excellent Student Athlete Award from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (varesenews.it, 02 May 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018)
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
She began writing a blog in 2017, in which she discusses fashion for people with an impairment. "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." (abilitychannel.tv, 22 Jan 2018; vanityfair.it, 20 Nov 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:33.46
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:16.97 
7 2016 400m Freestyle S7 5:48.37
Heats 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:52.14
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 400m Freestyle S7 6:04.74
8 2013 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:53.80
6 2013 100m Backstroke S7 1:34.59
4 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:29.61
6 2013 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:40.52
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2014 400m Freestyle S7 5:45.29
6 2014 50m Freestyle S7 37.71
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:26.11
4 2014 100m Backstroke S7 1:33.67
5 2014 100m Freestyle S7 1:19.00
3 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:16.87
6 2014 50m Butterfly S7 50.11
3 2014 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:54.83
3 2016 100m Backstroke S7 1:32.79
5 2016 50m Butterfly S7 45.68
1 2016 200m Individual Medley SM7 3:19.76
4 2016 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:51.73
3 2016 400m Freestyle S7 5:41.46
4 2016 100m Freestyle S7 1:20.17
5 2016 50m Freestyle S7 38.37
9 2018 200m Freestyle S5 2:56.23
4 2018 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:54.00
4 2018 100m Backstroke S6 1:31.16
8 2018 50m Butterfly S6 46.76
1 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:22.87
9 2018 100m Freestyle S6 1:24.14