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ItalyItaly, ITA
Water polo


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 December 1987
186 cm
Partner Nicole Melvin
English, Italian
Higher education
Management, Science - University of Genoa: Italy

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up water polo at age six.
Why this sport?
His mother encouraged him to try water polo.
Club / Team
Genova Quinto: Italy
Name of coach
Lorenzo Marino [club], ITA
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General Interest

Awards and honours
He was the leading scorer of the 2012/13 OB 1 in Hungary. (, 27 Sep 2014)

In 2012 he received the Gold Collar of Sporting Merit from the Italian National Olympic Committee. (, 17 Apr 2012)

He was named Best Player of the 2011 World League. (, 27 Sep 2014)
Other information
In 2016 he decided to end his international career with Italy citing a loss of enthusiasm for the team and instead make himself available to Hungary, the country of his birth. He aimed to make the switch for the 2017 World Championships held in the Hungarian capital Budapest, but the International Swimming Federation [FINA] rejected his request to change nationality because he had not lived in Hungary for the required year. "When I was a child, I used to play for Ujpest and I was training at Isla Margarita, on the Danube, in Budapest. I looked forward to playing for the great Hungary. For a water polo player to wear the cap of that team is like for a footballer to wear the shirt of Brazil." (, 05 Feb 2017;, 01 Jul 2017)

He has volunteered with two organisations that help families dealing with disabilities - Aiutiamo Giorgia [Let's help Giorgia] and Voa Voa Onlus. He has also worked as an ambassador for the Laureus Foundation to help children in Naples, Italy, to get into sports. "I knew I wanted to do something for the others, mainly the children. I did not have an easy childhood, my parents' divorce was painful. But, in the end, if you are able to channel the pain, you become stronger and understand other people's struggles." (, 02 Apr 2016;, 06 Oct 2017;, 02 Sep 2017)