Page back
BOCCIARDO Francesco
Sport Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age25
Place of BirthGenoa, ITA
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Genoa, ITA
Occupation
Human Resources
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Political Science - University of Genoa: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age three in Genoa, Italy.
Why this sport?
He started the sport as a form of therapy.
Club / Team
Nuotatori Genovesi [ITA] / Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Luca Puce, ITA, from 2013; Elisa Casanova; Luca Baldini
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin, GER
General Interest
Hobbies
Listening to music, watching television series. (Facebook page, 23 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S6 400m freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Italian swimmer Francesco Bettella. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018)
Injuries
He injured his left shoulder ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games. He was still able to compete at the event in London. (montallegro.it, 14 Mar 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to rock music before competing. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 21 Jun 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I bend but I do not break." (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
He received the Best Sportsman award at the 2017 Stars in Sports Awards in Liguria, Italy. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 21 Jun 2017)

In June 2017 he was named the Athlete of the Month by the Italian Paralympic Swimming Federation [FINIP]. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 21 Jun 2017)

He was named the 2015 Sportsman of the Year by the Liguria Sports Council. (primocanale.it, 16 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018)
Impairment
He has spastic diplegia, which affects the movement in his legs. (quotidiano.net, 08 Mar 2018; finp.it, 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S7 1:25.25
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S7 1:11.45
Heats 2012 400m Freestyle S7 5:14.78
13 2016 50m Freestyle S6 33.16 
1 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:02.15 
8 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.64 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2015 400m Freestyle S6 5:06.49
7 2015 100m Backstroke S6 1:21.09
4 2015 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.47
2 2017 400m Freestyle S6 5:12.54
2 2017 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:15.27
4 2017 100m Freestyle S6 1:08.60
7 2017 50m Freestyle S6 33.05
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2014 400m Freestyle S7 5:04.14
7 2014 100m Backstroke S7 1:19.86
Heat 2014 100m Freestyle S7 1:11.09
5 2016 100m Backstroke S6 1:21.86
4 2016 100m Freestyle S6 1:09.93
5 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:14.93
6 2016 50m Freestyle S6 32.94
1 2016 400m Freestyle S6 5:03.02
3 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:28.34
1 2018 200m Freestyle S5 2:23.65
5 2018 50m Backstroke S5 39.72
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:48.16
2 2018 50m Freestyle S5 32.95
2 2018 100m Freestyle S5 1:08.78
1 2018 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:22.87
4 2018 50m Butterfly S5 39.11