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Alessia Zecchini: The Modern-Day Ulysses

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We continue our weekly series that celebrates seemingly ordinary people who don’t live their lives in the spotlight with a desire to stand out. Instead, they are driven by quite the opposite: a desire to fulfil their passion in their own way. A desire to embrace the energy that chasing their dreams gives them. 

This unstoppable dedication defines Alessia Zecchini. As an apnea (a type of free-diving) world champion, she is living proof of what we can achieve when we are driven by incredible passion. In 2017, Alessia set a new world record in the Bahamas with a 107-metre-long dive. With effort, dedication and sacrifice, Alessia has won 10 gold medals and set 14 world records. 

From as early age as she can remember, Alessia has been attracted to the sea. At the age of 11 she discovered the practice of freediving when completing her final swimming certifications. 

At 13 she felt ready to compete against other free divers, but unfortunately regulations do not allow those under 18 years of age to participate in a sport that some consider dangerous. This did not stop her from practicing, whenever she had the opportunity to do so. Five years later, when she finally turned 18, she was fully prepared to face the older and more experienced divers, and immediately brought home 2 silver medals from the Italian Championship. 

“Beneath the howl of the oceans and the crashing waves on the sea, the water is silent and infused with sunlight. I dive towards the abyss, my abyss, to find my true self. Intimately connected to the elements, luck is not a factor for me. I am ready to face any unknown obstacles - whether light or shadow - before resurfacing to my life. I wear a talisman on my wrist; I am Ulysses.”

It is amazing to see how much she has accomplished at just 27 years old. She holds various world records: 113 meters Constant Weight, 73 meters Constant weight without fins, 100 meters free immersion, just to name a few! And she is not done yet! 

For Alessia, the ocean enabled her to discover her true self and explore her limits.

"I am absolutely merged with the water and its environment. When you are underwater, the passage of time feels completely different than on the surface. It brings me freedom, power, and a feeling that I can reach my wildest dreams and conquer any obstacle."   

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