Ivan Carmelo Messina

Athletics | Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Residence
Italy
Languages
English, Italian

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]
Training Regime
In the Italian winter he has 10 training sessions over six days. During the summer he has between seven and eight sessions a week.

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
Italy
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Nottwil

General interest

Nicknames
BellaVita [translates as 'beautiful life'. It was given to him because he lives his life following his passions]. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Hobbies
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)
Other sports
He has broken a national record in swimming, and has also played wheelchair basketball. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)
Impairment
He has paraplegia. (Athlete, 12 Aug 2014)