Bebe Vio

Paralympic wheelchair fencing gold medallist

Life is terribly awesome!
Photo by Augusto Bizzi
Fee Range: €€/$$ 10.000-20.000
Languages: English, Italian

*Fee ranges are an estimation for a live keynote speech in an European venue, they can vary significantly depending on the specific requests of the clients, the type of performance, the preparation time and the travel time which is requested. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.

biography

The story of Bebe is a source of inspiration for anyone who gets to know her.

At the age of at the age of 11, Vio contracted a fulminant meningitis which resulted in a stay of over 100 days in the hospital. Doctors were able to save her life but only at the cost of the amputation of all four limbs but she didn’t give up. Since she was 5 years old, fencing was a great passion for Bebe and some time after her illness, with great commitment and determination, she quickly adapted to wheelchair competition with many victories.

Her palmares includes one gold and one bronze medals at the Rio Paralympics in 2016, five gold and one bronze medals at the World Championships, five gold and one silver medals in various European Championships.

Her positive joyful attitude towards life is depicted in the Netflix documentary ‘Risin Phoenix’ where she is featured among nine paralympians.

Her sporting career is also accompanied by a social commitment. She is an advocate for vaccination since just a vaccine would have been enough to prevent her to contract the meningitis. She also founded funded Art4Sport Onlus, an association that uses sport as therapy for children and teenagers with limb prostheses.

 

Topics

  • Empowerment
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • When the impossible becomes possible

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