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Vincenzo Boni

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3

Further personal information

Family
Partner Carmen Specchio
Residence
Naples, ITA
Occupation
Analyst, Police Athlete
Languages
English, French, Italian
Higher education
Communications, Marketing - University of Naples Federico II: Italy

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age six in Naples, Italy. He took up Para swimming competitively in 2014 in Bari, Italy.
Why this sport?
He took up the sport as a form of therapy. He was also inspired by the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "Soon the water became more and more my element and swimming was my true passion."
Club / Team
Caravaggio Sporting Village [ITA] / GS Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national], ITA; Alessio Sigillo [personal], from 2015

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Italy

General interest

Hobbies
Going to the cinema, travelling, sea kayaking, music, going to concerts, sightseeing in his home city of Naples. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; vincenzoboni.it, 19 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three gold medals at the 2018 European Championships in Dublin, Ireland, and winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alessio Sigillo, and his family. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Italian Para swimmers Carlotta Gilli and Francesco Bettella. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Take on each training session as if it were a race - with the same concentration, the same determination, and get out of the water exhausted, just like in a competition. Only this way can you build the foundations to achieve your goals." (Instagram profile, 01 Apr 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was the Italian flag bearer during the opening ceremony of the world championships in London, England. (nuoto.com, 08 Feb 2020)

In 2018 he received the 'Guido Scocozza' National Solidarity Award in Italy. (Telecolore YouTube channel, 10 Apr 2018)

He was named the 2017 Male Para Athlete of the Year by Swimming World magazine. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 03 Jan 2018)

He was named the 2015 Para Swimmer of the Year by the Italian National Olympic Committee [CONI]. (campania.coni.it, 01 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To work as a swimming coach after his competitive career is over. (comitatoparalimpico.it, 01 Dec 2020)
Impairment
He developed Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease at age six, which resulted in impaired muscle power. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 11 Mar 2015)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as an ambassador for Telethon, a non-profit organisation recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research that helps people affected by rare diseases. In 2018 he featured in a documentary film titled 'Phylum', which won an award at the Benevento Film and Television Festival in Italy. (Instagram profile, 22 May 2022; Facebook profile, 19 May 2022; nuoto.com, 08 Feb 2020; questionedistile.gazzetta.it, 11 Mar 2018; swim4lifemagazine.it, 09 Mar 2018)

EDUCATION
He completed his bachelor's degree in digital cultures and communication in December 2018, with a thesis titled 'Sport and disability, factors of inclusion and exclusion in the sports practice'. "Reconciling sport with study was not easy. Studying is as important as sport, and it gave me a lot." (vincenzoboni.it, 19 Mar 2019)

OCCUPATION
In 2021 he began working as an application development analyst at Accenture in Naples, Italy. (Accenture in Italia Facebook page, 23 May 2022; accenture.com, 28 Jan 2022)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-13 3
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 3
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-13 3
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-16 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2015-07-18 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2015-07-18 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2016-09-08 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final Round 2016-09-09 4
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 2 2016-09-09 2
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2016-09-10 1
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-13 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2016-09-13 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2017-12-03 2
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-04 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2017-12-06 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2017-12-06 2