Work hard, always!
Ph Marco Mantovani
October 12th 2020
Athletics, skiing, football
All the sports and travel
Ph Marco Mantovani
Riccardo was born in Sorengo, a small Swiss commune in Canton Ticino, on October 12th 2000. He was born with his left limb missing on his forearm, due to a crazy cell that stopped growing during the fifth week of pregnancy.
Riccardo’s parents, Silvano and Silvana, were told during a follow-up visit in the sixteenth week of pregnancy that Riccardo would be born with an interrupted limb.
As a child or teenager, Riccardo did not give much thought to his situation, which he has always experienced with great dignity.
He is a pragmatic boy, with a solution in his pocket for every circumstance, and this has led him to be very independent.
Despite his major sporting and scholastic commitments, Riccardo has plenty of friends in his life, with whom he spends every free moment.
Since he was a child, he has played sports, initially skiing, then football (also at a competitive level in the youth sector) and finally athletics.
Riccardo met new people from all over the world and visited cities he had never seen before. But the most unexpected discovery has been the world of athletes, which he finds a wonder.
Now he is starting to set his goals higher and higher, he often remembers when and how this incredible journey began.
His physical education teacher asked him to take part in the student cross-country race against boys with similar problems to his own. That’s how he won his first Italian cross-country title in 2013 and repeated it the following year, then decided to start running ‘for real’ in a Paralympic club, GSH Sempione 82, in 2014.
He took part in the IWAS World Youth Championships in Holland in 2015, the following year in the Absolute European Championships in Grosseto but the breakthrough year was 2017. What is a turning point? Participation in the Youth Europeans and two World Championships in the same year: London and Nottwil!
The following year he won 3 medals at the Europeans in Berlin: silver in the amputee relay, bronze in the universal relay and the most important bronze in the 200 meters.
But his biggest ambition remains participation in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Finally, let’s not forget his motto that he repeats at every competition: “Always work hard!”
Riccardo’s parents became aware of art4sport association through a meeting with Bebe’s family at the Arte Ortopedica in Budrio.
Riccardo joined the art4sport team in October 2014, during the “Believe to be Alive” event in Rome, where the whole art4sport team and their families were met by Pope Francis.
Indoor Italian Championship in Ancona (January 2021):
European Championships in Bydgoszcz – Poland (June 2021):
Fratel Carlo e Fratel Mario Memorial in Turin (June 2021):
400 mt T47: Italian lap record with a time of 50.56
Italian Absolute Championships in Jesolo (September 2020):
Paralympic Athletics Championships in Rome (October 2020):
Italian indoor championships in Ancona (March 2019):
Italian Absolute Championships in Jesolo (July 2019):
Italian Paralympic Indoor Championships in Ancona (March 2018):
Golden Gala in Rome (May 2018):
Italian Paralympic Absolute Championships in Nembro (June 2018):
European Absolute Championships in Berlin – Germany (August 2018):
Italian Paralympic Indoor Championships in Ancona (March 2017):
Italian Absolute Championships in Isernia (June 2017):
World Paralympic Athletics Championships (London 2017):
World Paralympic Youth Championships in Nottwill – Switzerland (August 2017):
European Youth Championships in Savona (October 2017):
Italian Paralympic Indoor Championships in Ancona (March 2016):
Italian Open Championships in Grosseto (April 2016):
European Paralympic Championships in Grosseto (June 2016):
Italian Paralympic Absolute Championships in Rieti (July 2016):
Italian Corporate Championships in Narni (October 2016):
Italian Indoor Championships in Ancona (March 2015):
Cross-country Running Student Championships in Cesenatico (April 2015):
Italian Paralympic Championships in Grosseto (June 2015):
IWASS U16 Junior World Championships in Stadskanaal – Netherlands (July 2015):
– 200 mt T47: gold medal
Cross-country Running Cadet Student Championships HFD in Grosseto (March 2014):
HFD Cadet Athletics Student Championships in L’Aquila (May 2014):
Italian Paralympic Absolute Championships in Grosseto (May/June 2014):
Valle d’Aosta Regional Championships (September 2014):
Italian corporate championships in Rieti (October 2014):
Cross-country cadet championships HFD in L’Aquila (April 2013):
Ph Marco Mantovani
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