Oscar De Pellegrin

Born in 1963, Belluno De Pellegrin has competed in six Paralympic Games: two in bullseye shooting, winning two bronze medals (1992, 1996), and four in archery, claiming two golds (2000, 2012) and a bronze (2008). He was Italy's flag bearer at the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Games and retired after winning an individual Olympic gold medal. During his career, De Pellegrin also won a World Cup bronze (2007) and gold and bronze at the 2010 European Championships, as well as three Italian titles. After hanging up his bow, he was elected to the FITArco board in 2013 and later joined CONI's Athletes' Committee. De Pellegrin has spent the last four years promoting the 'Arco Senza Barriere' (Bows Without Borders) initiative, which has been very successful in generating interest and promoting archery at spinal rehabilitation centres across Italy. Italian Paralympic Committee president Luca Pancalli has since asked him to promote the project for other Paralympic sports.