Muro Leccese (Le)
Pierluigi Maggio, born in 1991, is an athlete from Muro Leccese. A huge motorbike enthusiast, he had been racing since his teenage years before the accident that changed his life. At 17, while riding his motorbike, he was hit by a car and the severe trauma led to the amputation of his right leg. It was a severe, painful accident, from which Pierluigi tried to recover as quickly as possible, immediately making great progress, including at school. In fact, he managed to finish high school on time, making up the year lost due to the accident. But the wound was deep, driving him almost to reject his new condition. Due to some complications, after four years he had to have another operation on his already amputated limb.
But that operation was a turning point. Pierluigi got back on his feet thanks to sport, falling in love with running and later cycling. At the same time, he pursued a business career, trained as a life and sports coach and became deeply invested in the world of disability. He became vice-president of the association “Non mollare mai” [Never give up], a reference for disability in Salento. And slowly came the first successes, both in cycling and running, from half marathons to the double title of Italian champion won in Jesolo in 2020 in the 1,500 and 5,000 metres category T64. Pierluigi always sets himself new goals, and the latest one has led him to join Obiettivo3 and the new paratriathlon initiative.