Not only advocacy
The Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) has conferred the honour of the Silver Medal for Agonistic Merit to lawyer Stefano Pipitone for his merits in the sport of sailing.
The recognition is linked to the sporting results obtained as helmsman and skipper onboard the sailing boat “South Kensington”, owned by Dr. Alessandro Consiglio.
With a letter addressed The President Giovanni Malagò March 1, 2021 wrote:
with great happiness I announce that you have been awarded the Silver Medal for Athletic Valor, in recognition of the well-deserved competitive results obtained in the world championship in 2013.
With this honor the CONI wants to recognize your excellent athletic qualities and express deep gratitude for the generous commitment with which you devote yourself to the activity and face the competitions in the national and international arena.
With my warmest congratulations and with the hope that in the continuation of the activity can achieve further goals and satisfactions, I send you my most affectionate and greetings … sports!
Interviewed, Lawyer Pipitone stated:
“It was exciting to lead on the podium of a World Championship a crew of young Sicilian talents, all under 30 and all non-professionals. The Silver Medal for Athletic Valor is one of the highest profile awards for sporting merit. For this I thank the great “sport family” of the CUS Catania, today excellently led by Luigi Mazzone, who in the last twenty years has given me the opportunity to grow as an athlete”.
“Today more than yesterday, having left the sporting competitions to embrace the legal profession, I have become aware of how much the sport of sailing has given me, and for this I thank my family and my coaches. Representing Italy on the podium of an international competition has been and still is a source of great pride and emotion. As an Italian, certainly, but also as a representative of the city of Catania, a place of enormous potential, not only sporting”.
“A thank you goes to all the members of the crew, with whom I faced the most disparate challenges (competitive, weather..), racing and winning from 2010 to 2016: Alessandro Consiglio, Ivan Scimonelli, Tito Gangi, Andrea Sorrentino, Vincenzo Puglisi, Giuseppe Marino, Armin Loreno, Giuseppe Consiglio”.
“In conclusion let me make two lines about my land.
Among the many race courses on which I have the opportunity to sail all over the world, I have never seen a more fascinating stretch of water than our gulf, with Etna as a backdrop. We live in a truly unique land. The hope – Pipitone concludes – is that this recognition can be a source of inspiration, spurring all the boys who want to devote themselves and deal with the world of sport, which has always been the gym of life and the highest values.”