Truro athlete ‘isolated and lonely’ before meteoric sporting rise

A Truro athlete with medals on his mind has spoken candidly about how, prior to his meteoric rise in the sport, he was isolated, lonely and never given a chance.

Fabio Zamparelli, 19, is a seven-time national shot put and discus champion in his F20 paraathletics classification – for people with intellectual disabilities – and has been the UK’s No. 1 in his favorite event for three years.

Having conquered the domestic scene and fresh from a first warm weather training camp in Cyprus, Fabio, who trains in the Midlands, is now looking for an opportunity to go global.

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But life hasn’t always been easy for Fabio and he has spoken about his past difficulties in life and how sport has opened doors for him.

Speaking ahead of SportsAid Week 2023, the SportsAid and Hargreaves Foundation-funded star said: “I have my sights set on the World Championships and the Paralympics and I’m delivering an international medal performance – I want to be an international world champion.

“Living in Truro is a far cry from training in Coventry or Loughborough so funding from SportsAid is essential as it helps with travel expenses, accommodation for training camps and competitions.

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