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Simone Ciulli

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Wife Isabella Lastrucci
Residence
Florence, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Lawyer
Languages
English, Italian
Higher education
Law - University of Florence: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming in 1990 in Florence, Italy.
Why this sport?
"I was passionate about swimming. Plus I saw the health benefits."
Club / Team
Circolo Canottieri Aniene 1892 [ITA] / KLAB Florence Sport [ITA]:
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national]

International debut

Year
2012
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Sports, skiing. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the S10 100m freestyle at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian Para swimmer Federico Morlacchi. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Injuries
In May 2019 he was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which lengthens his recovery time after swimming. (swimm4lifemagazine.it, 07 Oct 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." (Facebook profile, 23 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he received a Metropolitan Citizen of Sport award from the city of Florence. (cittametropolitana.fi.it, 19 Dec 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para triathlon at national level in Italy. (worldtriathlon.com, 04 Oct 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (swimm4lifemagazine.it, 07 Oct 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Other information
RECLASSIFICATION
In 2019 he was reclassified as an S9 swimmer because a tumour on his right sciatic nerve had grown and began to impair the function and coordination of his lower right leg. “It emerged that when I kick a lot, I completely lose coordination of my lower right leg. That's what happened in London [world championships in 2019], in the second part of the 100m freestyle. I lost all the advantage I had accumulated over my opponents, because of a lack of coordination. Classification as S9 does more justice to my impairment. I did not feel at all on par with my colleagues in the S10 classification. The difference was clear. A new career ahead of me has opened in S9, which has given me new motivation." (swimm4lifemagazine.it, 07 Oct 2019)

OCCUPATION
He works as a swimming instructor at KLAB Fitness Centre in Florence, Italy. (Facebook profile, 24 Feb 2021; swim4lifemagazine.it, 12 Apr 2016)