On Tuesday, Comitato Italiano Paralimpico shared the news that Consiglio e della Giunta Regionale CIP Piemonte board member Vincenzo Langella had died. Langella, who died last Saturday, was forty-three years old. The funeral was Tuesday.
Langella had served in a number of roles as an active supporter of disability sport in Italy, including serving as a regional delegate for the Federazione Italiana Wheelchair Hockey. He was the organization’s vice president from 1998 to 2001. In 2013, he became a board member of Giunta Regionale CIP Piemonte.
Having taken up wheelchair basketball during the 1980s, Langella was also an active sportsperson. In 1996, he became involved with wheelchair hockey when he joined Magic Torino where he served as the team’s goalkeeper. In 1998, he was part of the Italian national team that competed at the world championships.
Outside of sports, he has also been heavily involved with advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. He served as an adviser to Unione Italiana Lotta alla Distrofia Muscolare, Federazione Italiana Superamento Handicap, Consulta Persone in Difficoltà and UNITALSI. In 2009, he founded and was the president of Associazione Volonwrite.
Langella was born on Christmas Eve in 1970 in Turin. He had muscular dystrophy. In 2001, he took a job working for Servizio Passepartout della Città di Torino, where he worked on improving integration of people with disabilities in the city.