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Carlotta Gilli



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
S13, SB13, SM13

Further personal information

Moncalieri, ITA
Police Athlete
Higher education
Psychology - University of Turin: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming with non-disabled swimmers at age nine in Turin, Italy, and took up Para swimming in 2017.
Why this sport?
She was taken to a pool by her parents for health reasons. "Swimming is my life. I can't imagine a life without swimming, training, going to competitions and being with my team."
Club / Team
Rari Nantes Torino [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Andrea Grassini [Torino, national], ITA

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Il Delfino di Muncale [The Dolphin of Moncalieri], Wonder Gilli (, 18 Feb 2018;, 19 Nov 2020)
Skiing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family and her friends. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; Facebook profile, 06 Apr 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Federica Pellegrini. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017, 2019 and 2021 she was the recipient of the Collare d'Oro al Merito Sportivo, the highest honour awarded by the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (, 20 Dec 2021; Instagram profile, 20 Dec 2021; Facebook page, 24 Feb 2020;, 19 Dec 2017;, 17 Dec 2019)

In 2021 she received the Award of Excellence for Sport and was featured in the 100 Italian Excellences, an annual book of 100 stories released by the RDE publishing house in Italy. (Instagram profile, 21 Dec 2021;, 17 Dec 2021)

In 2019 and 2021 she was named Piedmontese Athlete of the Year in Italy, as voted for by sports journalists. (, 07 Dec 2021;, 10 Dec 2019)

She was voted Best Female Swimmer at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (, 01 Oct 2019)

In January 2018 she received the Sports Scroll from the city of Turin, Italy. (, 17 Jan 2018)

She was named the 2017 Piedmontese of the Year by the readers of news website Quotidiano Piemontese. (, 29 Jan 2018)
Other sports
She has taken part in national level life-saving competitions in Italy. She has also competed in Para open water swimming at national level in Italy. (, 12 Apr 2018;, 01 Dec 2017;, 21 Sep 2020)
She has Stargardt disease, an inherited vision impairment. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Other information
She says she favours competing rather than training and has taken part in non-disabled swimming competitions in Italy. "I like this balance very, very much. I started out competing only with them [non-disabled swimmers] and then I arrived in the Paralympic world. So I think that personally it's very, very important that I continue to compete there because I can watch those athletes in competition [and] how they prepare. I really like doing the competitions and I don't really like the training, so I always do a lot of competitions throughout the year. Friends think that I'm crazy and sometimes say, 'Come on, just relax for a weekend', but I say that I prefer doing competitions. When I have the opportunity to compete, I go for it." (, 30 May 2019)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Backstroke S13 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 100 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-03 1
Women's 100 m Butterfly S13 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Heat 1 2017-12-05 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 1
Women's 400 m Freestyle S13 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Heat 1 2017-12-06 1
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM13 Final 1 2017-12-06 1