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Francesca Cipelli

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T37

Further personal information

Residence
Mira, ITA
Occupation
Motivational Speaker, Student
Languages
English, Italian, Spanish
Higher education
Education - Salesian University Institute of Venice [IUSVE]: Mestre, ITA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 14 in Santa Maria di Sala, Italy. She began competing in 2013.
Why this sport?
Her physical therapist suggested that she try the sport. "Since I was a child I always played sports, of any kind, and before the accident I played volleyball. Later, after rehabilitation and a year of curative gymnastics, at the suggestion of my Russian physiotherapist in high school, I started doing athletics because I wanted to get closer to my peers and I wanted to start moving again."
Club / Team
Veneto Special Sport: Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Music, travel. (Instagram profile, 23 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I won't waste a second of the second life that was given to me." (Facebook profile, 15 Oct 2019)
Awards and honours
She was one of the recipients of the 2013 Futursport Award. The honour is presented to young athletes in the Veneto region of Italy in recognition of their sporting results. (nuovavenezia.gelocal.it, 08 Dec 2013)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 17 Nov 2019)
Impairment
At age 10 she fell and hit her head against a wall in her school gym. The subsequent head trauma resulted in muscle weakness on the right side of her body [right hemiplegia with spasticity]. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; storieparalimpiche.altervista.org, 12 Feb 2016; abilitychannel.tv, 01 Dec 2015)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree at Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan, Italy. (Facebook profile, 13 Mar 2021; Instagram profile, 09 Mar 2021; sponsoo.it, 24 Mar 2020)