Ivan Carmelo Messina
Athletics | Swimming
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further personal information
Sport specific information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2012 in Catania, Italy.
Why this sport?
"I practised swimming at national level, but I wanted to compete at major international events so I chose athletics as it matched my goals."
Club / Team
Il Faro: Siracusa, ITA
Name of coach
Michele Gionfriddo [national]
In the Italian winter he has 10 training sessions over six days. During the summer he has between seven and eight sessions a week.
BellaVita [translates as 'beautiful life'. It was given to him because he lives his life following his passions]. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Sports. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking his first national swimming record in the 100m breastroke. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mario Poletti. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Taste every single moment of what you do because it will be unique and not repeatable." (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
He has broken a national record in swimming, and has also played wheelchair basketball. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
He has paraplegia. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)