Historic success for the Aniene Rowing Club in para-rowing when the Italians triumphed at the World Rowing Championships held from the 24th of September to the 1st of October in Sarasota, Florida. Italy topped the medal table with three gold, three silver and three bronze medals, holding the record ahead of New Zealand and Australia.
The lightweight mixed coxed four, ended in a bronze medal, behind Great Britain and the United States, coached by Riccardo Dezi and composed of five – abled and disabled – athletes from the Acqua Acetosa Club: Lucilla Aglioti in seat four, Tommaso Schettino in three, Luca Agoletto in two, Paola Protopapa at the bow and Gaetano Iannuzzi at the helm.
This result sounds like a confirmation of the increasing success (in terms of the members and results) of sports played in Italy by those who have to come to terms with any kind of physical limitation, which may be overcome with a dose of passion and spirit of self-sacrifice that truly increase the value of sports.
As a result, Fondazione Terzo Pilastro of Professor Emmanuele F. M. Emanuele pays special attention to the development of Paralympic activities, qualifying as the first private patron of the Italian Paralympic Committee (C.I.P.).
The crew of the Circolo Canottieri Aniene is an integral part of this project.
The Coxswain, Gateano Iannuzzi, commented that, ”We started well and managed to hold Ukraine back since we knew they had a strong start. Then we never lost sight of the U.S. crew and this allowed us to believe we could reach the podium, as we did due to a great finish: I shouted go every 100 meters and the boat responded perfectly.”
Besides the mixed coxed four, Italy won another eight medals. Gold in the men’s pair, the lightweight men’s four and the lightweight women’s coxed quadruple sculls. Silver in the men’s four, the lightweight men’s pair and the lightweight Men’s coxed Double sculls. Bronze in the men’s coxed eight and the men’s coxed double sculls. The latter result show that Italy is growing in the most spectacular rowing races too.
Now we hope that the triumph of the great crew, coached by the Technical Director, Francesco Cattaneo, translates into an ever-higher number of youths prepared to engage in a sport, which is certainly strenuous and economically unrewarding, yet its educational value is almost unequalled.