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Giulia Terzi

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Family
Partner Stefano Raimondi
Residence
Bergamo, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Logistics, Student
Languages
Italian
Higher education
Political Science, Social and Behavioral Science - eCampus University: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up artistic gymnastics as a child but switched to Para swimming after her impairment worsened and started to affect her left leg and left arm. She began training seriously in 2018 at the Sporting Lodi club in Italy.
Why this sport?
"[Artistic gymnastics] was my passion. I practised it since I was a child, but when I started having problems I had to give it up. The doctors advised me to swim. My mother Stefania took me there [Sporting Lodi swimming club]. It was the only sport I could do that was good for me."
Club / Team
Polha Varese [ITA] / GS Fiamme Azzurre [ITA]:
Name of coach
Massimiliano Tosin [Polha Varese, national], ITA; Micaela Biava [Polha Varese, national]

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Hobbies
Listening to music. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S7 100m freestyle and bronze in the S7 50m butterfly at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (espresso.repubblica.it, 16 Nov 2021)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian artistic gymnast Vanessa Ferrari. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I like competitive sport. If there is a competition or a selection coming up, I am motivated because I have a goal." (repubblica.it, 10 Jul 2018)
Famous relatives
Her partner Stefano Raimondi has represented Italy in Para swimming. He won gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, as well as four silver and two bronze medals. He also claimed gold in the SB9 100m breaststroke, S10 50m freestyle, and men's 34 points 4x100m freestyle relay at the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 May 2022; Instagram profile, 09 May 2022)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2022 World Championships in Madeira, Portugal. (bergamonews.it, 23 Oct 2021)
Impairment
At age four she was diagnosed with congenital scoliosis, a condition that causes a sideways curvature of the spine. She had three operations on her vertebrae between 2015 and 2017. "I practically have a titanium spine. Those operations have also affected my nerves, so I have difficulty moving my left arm and leg. At home I use crutches for short distances, and to go out I have to use a wheelchair. The Para sport environment helps a lot. There are people who have more serious problems than mine, and they don't give up." (ecodibergamo.it, 14 Aug 2018; repubblica.it, 10 Jul 2018; giornaleditreviglio.it, 30 Jun 2018)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
She completed a law degree at eCampus University in Italy in September 2021 and began studying for a master's degree in management, business and administration. "I cannot deny that studying and competing is challenging, however, if you want to achieve a goal, you must be willing to make such sacrifices. It is impossible to concentrate your whole life on swimming, so I believe that sport and study must coexist in such a way to open doors in another sector. To complete my studies I sometimes had to do crazy hours, taking advantage of the break between one workout and another, in the evenings and weekends." (espresso.repubblica.it, 16 Nov 2021; bergamonews.it, 23 Oct 2021; Facebook profile, 13 Nov 2020)

OCCUPATION
She works in her family's fish transport and logistics business. (espresso.repubblica.it, 16 Nov 2021)