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Bebe (Beatrice) Vio

Bebe (Beatrice) Vio

Bebe (Beatrice) Vio

Bebe was born in Venice, Italy and was raised in Mogliano Veneto. When she was 11 years old, a severe bacterial meningitis led to the amputation of both her lower legs and both her forearms.
Bebe has an intrepid fighting spirit that helped her overcome the severe meningitis and long rehabilitation and today she is an Italian wheelchair fencer. 

She won the European Championships in 2014, 2016 and 2018, the World championships in 2015, the World Cup in 2018, her first Paralympic Gold medal at the Paralympic games in Rio in 2016 and the Bronze medal in the team competition in the foil B category.
In February 2017 she won the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award.

Bebe Vio has a non-profit foundation, Art4Sport Onlus association, which helps to involve children with an amputation in sport.

In 2015 she published her first autobiography : „Mi hanno regalato un sogno"  (They gave me a dream) and in 2017 she released her second book „Se sembra impossibile allora si può fare" (If it seems impossible then you can do it)

She is keen to use her international profile to make a difference. She has given motivational speeches on the importance of sport for young disabled people at the UN, on TV shows abroad and in Italy and is a strong advocate for vaccination against meningitis.

 

Facts

Nationality

Italian

Amputation

Quadrupal amputee

Competitive Class

Main Events

Wheelchair Fencing