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Giulia Ghiretti

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Residence
Parma, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Biomechanical Engineering - Polytechnic University of Milan: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2011 in Parma, Italy.
Why this sport?
While recovering from her accident in hospital she met a member of the Italian national Para swimming team, who put her in touch with a coach. "In hospital I met a guy who had been in the Paralympics and he introduced me to the coach. I began training but then the coach moved to Reggio Emilia. I am from Parma, where there was no swimming club, so my parents started a club to allow me to swim."
Club / Team
Ego Nuoto [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Matteo Poli [national]
Training Regime
"I have two sessions in the pool per day, in the morning and in the afternoon. After the morning pool session I go to the gym until 11:00."

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music, sports. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S5 50m butterfly at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is dealing in the best possible way with what life offers each day." (eis-team.it, 01 Jan 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received the Gold Medal for Athletic Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI] in recognition of her results at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook page, 15 Feb 2018)

In 2017 she received the Golden Necklace for Sports Merit from the Italian Olympic Committee [CONI]. (coni.it, 12 Dec 2017)

In 2016 and 2017 she was named Athlete of the Year in Parma, Italy. (parma.repubblica.it, 06 Feb 2018; magazine.liceoattiliobertolucci.org, 08 Jan 2018; finp.it, 16 Feb 2017)
Other sports
Prior to her accident she took part in trampolining competitions. (sportconnection.it, 24 Mar 2013)
Famous relatives
Her sister Anna Ghiretti has coached swimming at the Ego Nuoto club in Parma, Italy. (finp.it, 29 Mar 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (YouTube channel, 05 Mar 2021)
Impairment
She was a competitive trampolinist until an accident on the trampoline in January 2010 resulted in paraplegia. "All the force of the cloth [springs] focused on a vertebra which burst and from there my legs were paralysed." (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; giuliaghiretti.it, 25 Jun 2018; TEDx Talks YouTube channel, 11 Jun 2018; Giulia Ghiretti YouTube channel, 27 Jan 2017)
Other information
AMBASSADOR
She has served as an ambassador for Paralympic sport in Italy after being selected for the role by the Italian Para Swimming Federation [FINP]. "The first thing that comes to mind is the honour of filling this prestigious role. At first it was all a bit strange, knowing people were watching me and looking for me to be an example. Anyone who succeeds must be a role model, an example, an important point of reference." (ilfaroonline.it, 06 Nov 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2013-08-12 10
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 2 2013-08-13 5
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Women's 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2013-08-14 2
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2013-08-14 8
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2013-08-14 7
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2013-08-15 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final 1 2013-08-15 4
Women's 4x50 m Medley 20pts Final 1 2013-08-16 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 2 2015-07-13 7
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Final 1 2015-07-13 7
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2015-07-16 7
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 1 2015-07-16 8
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2015-07-18 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2015-07-18 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2016-09-10 2
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Heat 1 2016-09-11 1
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Final Round 2016-09-15 6
Women's 200 m Individual Medley SM5 Heat 1 2016-09-15 4
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2016-09-16 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2017-12-02 1
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Heat 2 2017-12-03 4
Women's 50 m Butterfly S5 Final 1 2017-12-03 3
Women's 50 m Backstroke S5 Heat 1 2017-12-04 9
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 2