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OSSOLA Alessandro
Sport Para athletics, Para snowboard
NPC Italy   
GenderMen
Age34
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63
Further Personal Information
Residence
Grugliasco, ITA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Italian
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
After losing his leg, he took up golf and snowboarding before focusing on Para athletics.
Club / Team
GS Fiamme Azzurre [ITA] / GSH Sempione [ITA]:
Name of coach
Chiara Ansaldi [personal]
General Interest
Nicknames
Aleo (Facebook profile, 14 Jan 2019)
Hobbies
Travel, golf. (Facebook page, 26 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"After a difficult period I found the motivation and the objectives to go on. Now, with every activity that I do I try to help people with or without an impairment not to give up." (alessandroossola.com, 14 Jan 2019)
Other sports
He played semi-professional futsal before his accident. Following his amputation he took up golf and has competed in tournaments for people with an impairment in Italy. (alessandroossola.com, 14 Jan 2019; Facebook profile, 01 Jan 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (ilfaroonline.it, 12 Feb 2021)
Impairment
His left leg was amputated after he was involved in a motorbike accident in 2015. His wife Federica died in the incident. "In one stroke I lost my leg and my wife. I had to choose between living or dying. I chose to live." (alessandroossola.com, 14 Jan 2019; giornaledimontesilvano.com, 21 Aug 2018; sponsor.me, 2017)
Other information
FOUNDATION
In June 2019 he launched the 'Bionic People' foundation alongside former Miss Italy participant Chiara Bordi and his friend Riccardo Cottili. "The goal [of the scheme] is to make people aware of what can be done and what cannot after an accident. [In 2020] we had 6500 students involved to realise the reality of impaired people. I think there's still so much to be learnt. For example, not many people know how prosthetics work. Our goal is to inform using our own experiences." (bionicpeople.it, 01 Jan 2021; alessandroossola.com, 01 Jan 2021; redattoresociale.it, 28 Dec 2020; piemontetopnews.it, 09 Feb 2020)

OTHER ROLES
He has worked in fashion shows as a model. "After the accident I was invited to walk on the catwalk with my prosthetics as a message of inclusion. It went very fast, in a short time I was taking part in shows in Turin and even Paris." (piemontetopnews.it, 09 Feb 2020)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2021 100m T63 12.66
European Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
3 2021 100m T63 12.65