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Vincenzo Boni

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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 Carlotta Gilli
Residence
Naples, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, 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 also feels he benefited from the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, which he believes promoted Para sport in Italy. "Soon the water became more and more my element and swimming was my true passion."
Club / Team
Caravaggio Sport Village [ITA] / Fiamme Oro [ITA]:
Name of coach
Riccardo Vernole [national]; 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, Naples. (Athlete, 09 Sep 2019; vincenzoboni.it, 19 Mar 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two 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)
Famous relatives
His partner Carlotta Gilli has represented Italy in Para swimming and won multiple world championship gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Mar 2019; Facebook profile, 25 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (nuoto.com, 08 Feb 2020)
Impairment
He developed Charcot Marie Tooth disease at age six, which resulted in impaired muscle power. (swim4lifemagazine.it, 11 Mar 2015)
Other information
RELATIONSHIP
He said his relationship with Carlotta Gilli, also an Italian Para swimmer, is beneficial as they both understand one another's emotions as an elite athlete. "It is fortunate that we are both teammates. I know that I can count on her support when I need someone to share my emotions, positive or negative, because she knows how I feel." (nuoto.com, 08 Feb 2020)

EDUCATION AND FUTURE PLANS
He graduated from his bachelor's degree in digital and communication cultures in December 2018, with a thesis entitled '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. One of my greatest passions is travelling, and fortunately sport allows me to be able to visit many places." He hopes to remain in sport once his swimming career is over. "For the future I would like to be able to experience the emotion of a Paralympics as a coach or assistant coach and remain in this environment." (vincenzoboni.it, 19 Mar 2019; comitatoparalimpico.it, 01 Dec 2020)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
He and partner Carlotta Gilli work as ambassadors for Telethon, a non-profit organisation recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research, which helps people suffering from rare diseases. In 2018, he featured in a film documentary called 'Phylum', which won an award at the Benevento Film and Television Festival in Italy. (Instagram profile, 01 Mar 2020; Facebook profile, 08 Feb 2020; nuoto.com, 08 Feb 2020; questionedistile.gazzetta.it, 11 Mar 2018; swim4lifemagazine.it, 09 Mar 2018)

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