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Federico Bicelli



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Brescia, ITA
Athlete, Student
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Computer Science, Mathematics - Catholic University of Milan: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2009 in Brescia, Italy.
Why this sport?
When he was a child, doctors advised him to swim. Until age nine he took lessons. "Then I realised that I would like to take part in some competitions to have more stimuli."
Club / Team
Polisportiva Bresciana No Frontiere: Brescia, ITA
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA; Luca Avanzini [personal], ITA

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Going to the cinema, watching television. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S7 100m freestyle at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
In 2012 he was treated for scoliosis. (, 26 Mar 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.” [Og Mandino] (Instagram profile, 03 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he received the Leonessa Award from the city of Brescia, Italy, for his sporting achievements. (, 20 Feb 2018)

In 2017 he received the Golden Hamlet award from the municipality of Borgosatollo, Italy, for his sporting merits. (Facebook profile, 29 Nov 2017)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 02 Mar 2021)
He was born with spina bifida. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Other information
In 2012 he was treated for scoliosis, and narrowly avoided surgery thanks to an effective rehabilitation programme. "In addition to swimming, I needed to go to the gym because I had severe lumbar scoliosis which, with growth, could get worse. I went looking for a good professional and, recommended by my coach, I met Dr. Ugo Venturini. In collaboration with a spinal specialist from Milan, we started a personalised programme that included re-education sessions combined with specific exercises in conjunction with swimming workouts. Swimming could have potentially deteriorated the scoliosis for which my back needed continuous monitoring. But since swimming is my passion, I did not struggle to follow this path and the final result was to improve the morphology of my spine, my posture and avoid surgery." (, 26 Mar 2019)

He has a shark tattoo on one of his arms. "As a child sharks were one of the animals I feared the most, until one day I decided to get a shark tattoo to defeat my own fear and start being the best 'predator' in the pool, just as the shark in the sea." (, 01 Jan 2020)