Valerio Catoia was born with Down Syndrome.
At the age of 3, his parents decided that the boy should take up swimming to improve his strength and endurance.
As a result, Valerio not only learned to swim, but also achieved success in this activity. He competed in the Olympics!
One day, Valerio, along with his father and younger sister, went to rest on the beach in Lazio, Italy.
All three were enjoying a calm day by the sea when suddenly they heard cries for help. Two girls aged 10 and 14 were trapped and could not get ashore.
There were waves that day, and the current pulled the children deeper and deeper into the water.
When Valerio and his dad realized what was happening, they both jumped into the water to save the children.
The father grabbed the 14-year-old girl, and Valerio the 10-year-old. Since Valerio trained all his life, and took part in the Olympic Games, he knew that the girl’s head must be kept above the water so that she does not choke.
When Valerio and his father pulled the girls ashore, rescuers just arrived.
Of course, such an act could not go unnoticed!
Later, the Minister of Sports of Italy presented Valerio with a medal for courage, bravery and sports skills.
Valerio’s courage not only makes his parents proud, but also inspires all people who were born with disabilities!
Valerio is a real hero!