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Donato Telesca



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Rome, ITA
Athlete, Student
English, French, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Economics, Management - LUISS Guido Carli: Rome, ITA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2016 in Pietragalla, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as a hobby. "My heroes were the Hulk and the Marvel superheroes, they gave me the desire to be the strongest I could be. I soon realised that I had something more than the others. I was always the best despite being the smallest. At 17, I entered my first competition and started winning."
Name of coach
Alessandro Boraschi [national]
Training Regime
He trains twice a day, up to four hours each day, at the Giulio Onesti Olympic Training Centre in Rome, Italy.

General interest

Stock trading, table football, wrestling, travelling, reading. (Instagram profile, 20 May 2021;, 14 Feb 2019;, 13 Mar 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 72kg category at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Most influential person in career
His friends. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Hero / Idol
Egyptian Para powerlifter Sherif Osman. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Failure is part of having success. There are a few things you can learn from success, but there are many more that you can learn from failure. You need to be better than yesterday in competition, in sport, but most importantly in life." (, 24 Mar 2021)
Other sports
He has competed in the Italian Serie B table football championships. (, 14 Sep 2018)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. ( 12 Mar 2021)
He had a domestic accident at age three that resulted in the amputation of both his legs. (Athlete, 11 Jul 2019;, 14 Feb 2019)
Other information
Away from Para powerlifting, he is an economics and management student at LUISS Guido Carli in Rome, Italy, and says balancing his studies with sport is often challenging. "It certainly isn't easy. The main difficulty is not managing time, but staying focused. After a heavy workout, it is not easy to start studying or vice versa. The real difficulty is that it takes a great deal of willpower to find the concentration necessary to do well in both." ( 12 Mar 2021; Instagram profile, 04 Feb 2021)