Stefano Saccomanni, born in 1986, hails from Laterza, in the province of Taranto, Apulia. That’s where he grew up and took his first steps in school and in sport, as a football player in the youth categories, first as a midfielder and then as a centre back. After graduating, he flew to Milan to attend the prestigious Bocconi University, where he graduated in 2008 in Economics of Markets and Financial Intermediaries. But the following year his life took an unexpected turn. In the summer, while back in Apulia for the holidays, his convertible Beetle went off the road, flipped over and Stefano sustained an extremely severe neck injury. Diagnosed with tetraplegia, his rehabilitation journey became very long and took him to Taranto, Rome and then back to Milan. More than a year of struggle, after which he returned to live in his Laterza.
He had to turn his life upside down and started to devote himself to sport, albeit with mixed results. He bought an easybike, used it, stored it in the garage and never really made the most of it. Until he found Obiettivo3. At the suggestion of a friend, he sent in his application, joined the initiative and began to really get involved in the world of sport – first with his own bike, then with the handbike that Obiettivo3 loaned him. It was a turning point for Stefano that led him to focus on paracycling, a passion that adds on to his love for painting and theatre.