Vittorio Brandi is a fine man from Ostuni who chose sports to achieve a set of objectives seemed impossible.
His perseverance and his stubbornness have led him to achieve important results both sporting and human, as well as a series of international awards.
Pugliabout.com have decided to tell his story because it represents a kind of example in defeating prejudices and barriers.
Vittorio Brandi has conquered, merit, the appellation of “Apulia Torchbearer”; he did it through a path officially started in 2012 and continued until 2018.
In fact, the story of this sportsman and his battles started a long time ago, when he was still a basketball player who had decided to make his way in that world, despite a limitation on his right arm.
He was driven by a great willpower.
In 2012, Samsung Italy decided to include his story in the process of selecting torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympics; a candidacy that passes to the test of the IOC – International Olympic Committee and that catapults him, unexpectedly, to the most important world sporting event as ambassador of sporting values.
300 meters traveled with the awareness of having achieved a hardly predictable goal until a few years before.
A 6-year journey, made up of participation in national and international events.
A path of continuous growth, consecrated with participation in another Olympics Games: PyeongChang 2018.
Vittorio Brandi has decided to devote his life experience to all those sports activities that allow inclusion and that allow participation to all, embodying the sporting values promoted by the Olympic Games.
He was ambassador of BASKIN (a sport that allows the sharing of the discipline to able-bodied and disabled people, in order to eliminate any kind of barrier) and of the Puglia Federation of Badminton (a little known but expanding Olympic sport) and continues, incessantly , to promote and disseminate the sports disciplines.
His decided to tell his personal experience through a book called “Il pallone che rotolò fino alle Olimpiadi” (The ball that rolled up to the Olympics)
In 2018, however, his last book was released:”300 beats”.
“300 beats” tells the growth path started in 2012, with a more detailed description of the emotions and feelings arising from the last Olympic experience, with direct testimonies of BASKIN players and some parents of disabled athletes and a preface written by Loredana Orifici, Sponsorship Manager of Samsung Electronics Italy.
Vittorio Brandi does not set any limits; his real goal is to transmit the beauty of sport and sharing to new generations.
He does it with simplicity, always looking with optimism to the future.
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