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Katia Aere

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S7, SB6, SM7

Further personal information

Family
Husband Giuseppe Rossi
Residence
Spilimbergo, ITA
Occupation
Nurse
Languages
Italian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She learned to swim at age 40, and began competing in the sport in 2014.
Why this sport?
She had a fear of water as a child, but overcame her fear when she took up hydrotherapy as part of her rehabilitation. In 2012 she was inspired to take up Para swimming after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "A world opened up and I found the confirmation I was looking for like a light, it was an understanding that everything happens for a reason."
Club / Team
ASD Polisportiva Trivium Spilimbergo: Italy

General interest

Awards and honours
She was presented with the 2018 'Premio Pari e Uguali' [Equal and Equal Award] by the Pari e Uguali association in Italy. The award recognises individuals who achieve their goals with passion, commitment and sacrifice. (obizzi.it, 22 Sep 2018)
Other sports
She has competed in Para cycling at national level in Italy. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 30 Apr 2019; Facebook profile, 27 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gazzetta.it, 17 Oct 2017)
Impairment
Her impairment in the result of contracting dermatomyositis and autoimmune thyroiditis [autoimmune disease] in 2003. The condition has left her with impaired muscle power. (obiettivo3.com, 28 Nov 2018; gazzetta.it, 17 Oct 2017)