REGGIO CALABRIA – The three Calabrian athletes who took part in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo this year, Anna Barbaro in thriatlon, Raffaella Battaglia in sitting volley, Enza Petrilli in archery, were received today at the Regional Council in Reggio Calabria to receive recognition for sporting merits by the president of the Region Nino Spirlì.
Two of the three athletes, Barbaro and Petrilli, also managed to win the silver medal in their respective disciplines. The sports delegation was accompanied by the president of the Calabria Paralympic Committee Antonello Scagliola and by the group leader of the Lega in the Regional Council Tilde Minasi. The result obtained by Calabria in the first participation as a delegation was above expectations, while counting on athletes already established at national level in their disciplines.
Anna Barbaro he already has in his palmares two bronzes at the European Championships, two golds in the World Cup and the victory in the Para series. Raffaella Battaglia, national since 2015, together with the companions of Dream Volley Pisa, has achieved the title of champion of Italy for two consecutive years, resulting also the best player. Enza Petrilli for two years he won silver in the absolute Italian archery championships and bronze at the Para archery European cup 2021, a tournament valid for the Paralympic qualification.
SPIRLÌ: “CALABRIAN ATHLETES TEACH THAT THE INJURIES HAVE BEEN OVERCOME”
“Three women, a beautiful thing. Three brave, tenacious, strong and motivated girls. With them I can’t talk about disability, only about sport. They taught me that the prejudices, which in this region for many decades have affected them and with them all of us, are now overcome. The Calabrians are proud and proud to be represented by these girls, who could have been very angry for not having had the complete gift of their being. Instead, they had courage and with dedication they found their completeness in sport ”. Thus the president of the Calabria Region Nino Spirlì, meeting today the three athletes of the Calabrian delegation who took part in the Tokyo Paralympics.
“It is nice to see young people approaching sport, entertainment and culture. It means – concluded Spirlì – that we go beyond everyday life and that other values are brought into everyday life itself. That’s what these girls are doing ”.