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GALEOTTI Linda
Sport Para dance sport
NPC Italy   
GenderWomen
Age27
Place of BirthCecina, ITA
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
L&F2, SC2
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cecina, ITA
Occupation
Athlete, Volunteer
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para dance sport in 2006 in Cecina, Italy, and began competing at national events one year later.
Why this sport?
She was passionate about dance and her mother helped her find a club to begin the sport. "I thought about giving up dancing, but I never did and I told my mum that even though I was in a wheelchair, I wanted to dance. It was not easy to describe my feeling when I began practising, as soon as the choreographer told me to start and make a move with the music, my heart was pounding with excitement, and the happiness I felt at that moment was a lot."
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everyone can dance." (uildm.org, 22 Dec 2011)
Impairment
She was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder affecting vertebrae in the spinal cord. (uildm.org, 22 Dec 2011)
Other information
VOLUNTEER
She works as a volunteer at Dynamo Camp in Toscana, Italy, a recreational therapy programme for children and teenagers with impairments. (Facebook profile, 20 Nov 2019; Dynamo Camp Facebook page, 15 Nov 2018)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Along with her parents, she set up a charitable organisation called Wind Dancers that aims to encourage young people with an impairment to take up sport. (iltirreno.gelocal.it, 05 Jun 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
16 2013 C2/5D Combi Latin  
14 2015 C2/5D Combi Latin  
13 2015 C2/5D Combi Freestyle  
15 2019 C2/5D Combi Latin  
5 2019 C2/5D Combi Standard