Page back
GHIRETTI Giulia
Sport Para swimming
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age24
Place of BirthParma, ITA
Height1.67 m
Weight 50 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Residence
Milan, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
Italian
Higher education
Biomechanical Engineering - Polytechnic University of Milan: Italy
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up swimming in 2011 in Parma, Italy.
Why this sport?
She was unable to participate in trampolining following her accident, so she began swimming. "You don't need a wheelchair to swim."
Club / Team
Ego Nuoto [ITA] / Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin, ITA, from 2014
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S5 50m butterfly at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Davide Varoli, instructor Eliana Orsi, and her siblings Pietro and Anna. (ilmattinodiparma.it, 18 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Gold Medal for Athletic Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI] for her results at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 15 Feb 2018)

In 2017 she received the Golden Necklace for Sports Merit from CONI. (coni.it, 12 Dec 2017)

She was named the 2016 and 2017 Athlete of the Year in Parma, Italy. (finp.it, 16 Feb 2017; parma.repubblica.it, 06 Feb 2018; magazine.liceoattiliobertolucci.org, 08 Jan 2018)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she competed in trampolining competitions. (sportconnection.it, 24 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her sister Anna Ghiretti has coached swimming at the Ego Nuoto club in Parma, Italy. (finp.it, 29 Mar 2015)
Impairment
She was a competitive trampolinist until an accident on the trampoline in January 2010 resulted in paraplegia. (giuliaghiretti.it, 25 Jun 2018)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has taken part as a speaker at the independent TEDx Talks event in Italy. (TEDx Talks' YouTube channel, 11 Jun 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 50m Butterfly S5 45.74 
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:50.58
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:48.68
10 2016 50m Backstroke S5 54.68 
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2013 50m Butterfly S5 58.23
6 2013 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:08.20
8 2013 50m Backstroke S5 54.78
2 2013 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:08.71
4 2013 200m Individual Medley SM5 4:14.57
4 2013 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:29.61
7 2015 50m Backstroke S5 52.83
7 2015 50m Butterfly S5 49.17
2 2015 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:54.60
1 2017 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:54.65
3 2017 50m Butterfly S5 48.41
Heats 2017 50m Backstroke S5 54.01
2 2017 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:44.36
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2014 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.10
7 2014 50m Butterfly S5 54.51
6 2014 200m Individual Medley SM5 4:18.62
3 2014 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:16.87
5 2014 50m Backstroke S5 54.40
6 2016 50m Butterfly S5 50.33
6 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:48.93
2 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:47.74
2 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:53.63
5 2016 50m Backstroke S5 52.34
5 2018 50m Backstroke S5 48.92
2 2018 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:53.04
1 2018 50m Butterfly S5 46.68