“My motto is 'life is too good'.”
Fencing Champion. Laureus World Sports Award Winner. Activist. Author. Motivational Speaker. Paralympian.
Bebe (Beatrice) Vio was born in Venice, Italy and was raised in Mogliano Veneto. She was five when she took up fencing and the sport quickly became her passion. Later in 2008, at the age of 11, Bebe became ill with bacterial meningitis. It was severe and life threatening, ultimately leading to the amputation of both her lower legs and both her forearms.
In under four months she was back at school. Over the next year, Bebe learned to walk again, to hold objects and, finally, to hold a sabre.
“It was my dream of fencing again that helped shorten my hospital stay.”
Wearing her new Össur prosthetics, she entered her first para-fencing competition just a year after falling ill. By 2013, she won her first World Cup and was later named paralympic athlete of the month by the International Paralympic Committee.
Today, Bebe is a champion wheelchair fencer with a lengthy list of international victories and a strong advocate for vaccination against meningitis. As an Ossur Ambassador, she motivates and inspires children worldwide via her non-profit organization “Art4sport Onlus” which promotes sports for young amputees.
“Sport can help you to pick up your life again and make you understand, despite everything, how beautiful it is.”
- Rio de Janeiro 2016, Gold medal – first place, Foil B
- Rio de Janeiro 2016, Bronze medal – third place, Team foil
Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi @augusto280766