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Monica Boggioni



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Pavia, ITA
English, Italian
Higher education
Biotechnology - University of Pavia: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began learning to swim at age two. She took up Para swimming competitively in 2013 in Pavia, Italy.
Why this sport?
"When I was a child my doctors advised my parents that I should take up swimming. In my hometown there was a Paralympic swimming team set up by Davide Bellingeri [AICS Pavia Nuoto] so I decided to give it a try."
Club / Team
AICS Pavia Nuoto: Italy
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA; Guy Soffientini [personal], ITA, from 2014

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Mexico City, MEX

General interest

Going out with friends, listening to music, reading. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning four silver and two bronze medals at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and three gold and three silver medals at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her family, her coach and her friends. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Disability simply means being differently able. So I am not disabled or incapable, I am able in a different way. Greatness and beauty lies in making the most of your skills." (Giorgio Di Misa YouTube channel, 20 Oct 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 12 May 2020)
She has a neurological movement condition named dystonia, which causes repetitive muscle spasms and contractions. The condition was first diagnosed in her legs at age three before also starting to affect her arms at age 17. "I underwent two surgeries that allowed me to walk. It has always been very normal and natural because having a leg problem from an early age meant it's always been my normality. I owe a huge thank you to my family because it has never stopped me. Nothing has ever weighed on me, they have always spurred me to do everything normally without my disability being a limit." (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; Giorgio Di Misa YouTube channel, 20 Oct 2019)
Other information
Having dealt with dystonia in her lower limbs from an early age, she began to experience the condition in her upper limbs at age 17. She says she struggled to deal with the condition more at that age than when she was a child, but found that swimming helped her come to terms with her impairment once again. "I experienced more difficulty when I was 16 or 17 in high school and started having limb problems. I started to ask, 'What's happening?', but in reality mine is a pathology that is still little known. I was a little lost because I had to regain my normality again. The competitive swimming greatly helped because I still felt very good in the water. In fact, I still feel better in the water because I have more movement in the water than out of it." (Giorgio Di Misa YouTube channel, 20 Oct 2019)

In July 2020 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in biotechnology from the University of Pavia in Italy, and she plans to study for a master's degree in medical biotechnology at the same university. Her bachelor's degree thesis was affected by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I had structured a programme for my studies around the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, allowing me to graduate in July 2020. But then the world froze. So my plan B was to run systematic literary research and then return to my laboratory research that had been carried out before the pandemic. I developed an experimental thesis. I was not able to complete all the laboratory research, however, I feel very satisfied with the work I was able to present." (, 23 Jul 2020;, 22 Jul 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 50 m Backstroke S4 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Women's 100 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2017-12-04 1
Women's 50 m Breaststroke SB3 Final 1 2017-12-05 2
Women's 50 m Freestyle S4 Final 1 2017-12-06 1
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2017-12-07 2
Women's 150 m Individual Medley SM4 Final 1 2017-12-07 1