Born in Cento on 21 February 1999, Emanuele Lambertini lives in San Giovanni in Persiceto, in the province of Bologna, and studies automation engineering at the University of Bologna. Lambertini was born with an extremely rare vascular malformation in his right leg, which degenerated over time. After extensive – and painful – treatment both in Italy and abroad, his right leg was amputated above the knee when he was eight and a half. He began teaching himself to play the piano at 12 years of age, becoming so passionate about the instrument that he decided to become a composer and try to transform his thoughts and feelings into pieces of music. Lambertini made his first foray into the world of sport at the age of 10. In December 2009, on the advice of Gianni Scotti, a regional president with the Italian Paralympic Committee, Lambertini tried his hand at wheelchair fencing at the Zinella Scherma gym in San Lazzaro di Savena (Bologna). Thanks to the passion and coaching of Magda Melandri, Lambertini instantly fell in love with the sport. Within the space of a few years, he was competing – and performing well – in some of the leading international events and quickly became a part of the senior Italian Paralympic team. He has some prestigious international achievements to his name, including the title of team World Champion and U23 World Champion. In 2016, at the age of just 17, he was the youngest member of the entire Italian delegation to compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.