There are ordinary people and then there are some extraordinary people. But the cool thing, is there is no limit to the number of extra ordinary people in this world.
Meet, 20 year old Beatrice Vio who learned about fencing at the age of 5, and immediately fell in love with it. The sounds of the blades hitting each others, the clanking, the bipbips … immediately made her fall in love with this sport according to blogs.transperant.com.
Until the age of 11, she was amongst the first five in the ranking. In 2008, she was contracted with meningitis, which left her with all four limbs amputated and her face and body severely scarred.
But that did not stop Beatrice, from continuing what she was the best at – Fencing. With the immense support from her family, she kept all her limitations aside and went on to learning more about fencing on the wheelchair, even though at that time she considered it as a sport for handicapped people, and ignored almost everything related to Paralympic sports.
But fencing cannot be practiced without arms, thus with the help of her parents, who created a special prosthetics to hold her foil, fencing from the shoulder. In 2010, she took part in the first Paralympic competition.
In 2012, she was a torchbearer at the summer Paralympics as it was a little too early for her to begin her career. But in the same year she joined the Italian wheelchair fencing team. The following year she won her first World Cup.
She also participated in the 2016 Summer Paralympics and earned a Paralympic gold.
According to an Instagram post, Beatrice admits “ in wheelchair fencing, you can’t move backward — you can only attack,” she says. “This is the same thing that you have to do in life, and I always do.”
Paralympian Beatrice Vio’s (@bebe_vio) relationship with fencing started at age 5. “It was love at first sight,” says the gold medalist, now 20, from Venice, Italy. In 2008, Beatrice contracted meningitis, which resulted in the amputation of both legs from the knee and both arms from the forearm, with severe scarring to her face and body. “Getting back into fencing was the only thing I had on my mind,” she says. “Some people said it was impossible, but I did it!” Today, Beatrice competes in wheelchair fencing, using a special prosthetic device, created by her father, to hold her foil (a fencing weapon). “In wheelchair fencing, you can’t move backward — you can only attack,” she says. “This is the same thing that you have to do in life, and I always do.” This post is in celebration of Women’s History Month. Throughout March, we’ll be highlighting the stories of women doing extraordinary things around the world. Photos by @bebe_vio
The next time you have something holding you back from achieving that you have to, or people around you telling you that it is impossible, instead give it a try. As determination can defy all limitations.
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