Ambrogino d’Oro for Simone Barlaam

The prestigious honour awarded by the Municipality of Milan goes to the swimming champion, a Civil Engineering student at the Politecnico


On 7 December swimmer Simone Barlaam, a first-year Civil Engineering student at Politecnico di Milano, was presented the ambrogino d’oro - a prestigious civil honour that the Municipality of Milan awards to those that have made a special contribution to the city - by mayor Giuseppe Sala.

At just 19 years of age, he is already one of the faces of the Italian paralympic sports movement. At the most recent world championships in London he was elected “Best Male Athlete” and won five gold medals and a silver while setting three world records. Thanks to him and his teammates the Italian national team achieved the biggest goal of all, first place in the medal table.

The following explanation was given for the honour:

“Born in 2000, at the age of seven he discovered swimming and in just a few short years, despite his congenital bone disease, he began competing and taking part in his first races, enjoying great success. At 17 he debuted with the national team at the World Championships in Mexico City where he won two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. At the most recent World Championships in London he entered six competitions, winning five golds and a silver, and even more impressively set new world records in the 100 m freestyle and 100 m backstroke. Aged just 19, he has already been world champion seven times and European champion four times. An exceptional sportsman who has not given up in the face of adversity and who is writing amazing new chapters in the history of Italian sport. But he is also a hardworking and ambitious student. Someone that Milan and Italy can be very proud of, a true role model for the younger generations”

Simone will soon join the Dual Career programme which helps our students that practice sport at high levels to continue to pursue both their sporting careers and education with success and serenity.