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Francesco Bettella

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S1

Further personal information

Residence
Padua, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Engineer
Languages
Italian, English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - University of Padua: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began attending swimming classes at age three, and first competed in Para swimming in 2004 in Padua, Italy.
Why this sport?
He was encouraged to take up the sport by his father and his physiotherapist.
Club / Team
Civitas Vitae Sport Education [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national]; Moreno Daga [personal]

International debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Reykjavík, ISL

General interest

Nicknames
Ciccio (swim4lifemagazine.it, 30 May 2017)
Hobbies
Cars. (finp.it, 10 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as fatigue strengthens the body." (Instagram profile, 03 Aug 2021)
Awards and honours
He received the Golden Necklace for Sports Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI] in 2017. (radiobue.it, 19 Dec 2017)

In 2017 he was presented with a Gold Medal of Athletic Value by CONI. (radiobue.it, 01 Aug 2017)

In 2016 he received the Official Order of Merit of the Italian Republic from the Italian president. (quirinale.it, 19 Dec 2016)

He was named the 2016 Athlete of the Year in Padua, Italy. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 30 May 2017)

He received the 2016 Silver Gattamelata Award at the Padua Sports Gala in recognition of his sporting achievements during 2015/16. (francescobettella.com, 19 Feb 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Instagram profile, 03 Aug 2021)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with axonal neuropathy at age three. The condition first caused him to lose the strength in his legs, and then in his arms. (corriere.it, 28 Aug 2012)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He served as the president of the organising committee of the 2018 World Series event in Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy. He also took part in the event as an athlete. "It is a great challenge as this time the event is not only 'just' the national championships, but one of the six World Series events. I had never imagined doing it in Lignano Sabbiadoro or in Italy." He has also served as a member of the federal council of the Italian Para Swimming Federation [FINP]. (Federica Fornasiero Facebook profile, 09 Jul 2021; finp.it, 03 Feb 2021; paralympic.org, 21 May 2018)

SHORT FILM
His life was featured in a short film titled 'Francesco' that was produced by the research centre Fabrica, a branch of Benetton Group. In the film, he talks about his early days when he was diagnosed with his condition, to his life in swimming and his passion for cars that helped him to become an engineer. (finp.it, 10 Jan 2018; disabili.com, 09 Dec 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
After he graduated with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Padua in Italy in 2013, he remained at the university to study for a master's degree in the same subject between 2013 and 2016. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final Round 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-01 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final Round 2012-09-03 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 2012-09-03 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S2 Heat 1 2012-09-07 5
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-12 8
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-12 10
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Final 1 2013-08-14 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S2 Heat 1 2013-08-14 7
Men's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Heat 2 2013-08-16 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S2 Final 1 2013-08-16 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S1 Final 1 2017-12-07 1