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Matteo Cattini



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Rome, ITA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in the sport in 2010 in Suzzara, Italy.
Why this sport?
Around two years after his accident he began attending a gym where he was later invited to join a competition. "Before my accident, I used to do the same workout all the time. After, it was a matter of understanding my strange new shape and adapting my movements and exercises, which I actually really enjoyed."
Name of coach
Alessandro Boraschi [national]
Training Regime
He trains between five and 14 times a week. "It depends on the time of year and the competition calendar. Every training session lasts from two to three-and-a-half hours."

International debut

Competing for
Cardiff, WAL

General interest

Il Teo (Facebook profile, 28 Feb 2019)
Travel. (Twitter profile, 12 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Insist, resist, conquer." (, 07 Apr 2021; Athlete, 04 Dec 2017)
His left leg was amputated due to septicaemia after he was involved in a traffic accident in June 2008. He required eight months of rehabilitation and three years of physiotherapy. (Athlete, 04 Jun 2019;, 12 Sep 2016)
Other information
He says that Para powerlifting has had positive effects on his life beyond sport. "Para powerlifting is not only a sport that combines an amazing bunch of people from all over the world sharing positive experiences, but it also has fantastic benefits for everyday life. Lifting weights helps people with lower limb impairments to move better and carry out ordinary tasks that sometimes aren't so ordinary when you have a disability. As a Para athlete, I would like to reach as many people in trouble as possible because everybody can realise that they can have a normal life even after an accident or even with disabilities from birth. And Para powerlifting can be magic, as it is still for me." (, 10 Nov 2020)

He has served as an ambassador for the Italian Paralympic Committee [CIP] and as captain of the Italian national Para powerlifting team. (Instagram profile, 15 Apr 2022;, 05 Dec 2021;, 07 Apr 2021;, 10 Feb 2019)


Unit Date Rank
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 72.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 14
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -65 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 9999
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 72.00kg Final 2017-12-04 13