Italian-born Ilaria was just nine years old when she won her first national-level synchronised swimming medal. Since then she has gone on to win numerous medals as a coach, swimmer and club chairwoman.
Ilaria originally joined the University of Bath in 2012 when she began studying Politics and International Relations. She trained under Chris Alderton and Mark Skimming in the University’s competitive performance swimming squad for two years before quitting the sport in 2014 in order to focus on synchro.
After some time out and mentoring from Skimming, Ilaria returned to synchro and, in her first competition since returning to the sport, won an incredible five gold and two silver medals for the City of Bristol synchro club in 2015. Shortly afterwards she began training with the British synchro squad in 2016.
During a gap year over the same period, Ilaria began coaching with the British squad whilst training full-time as an athlete. In her first competition as a coach, she oversaw Britain’s junior squad qualify for the European Championships with an unexpected bronze medal.
In mid-2016, Ilaria then travelled to both the junior and senior European Championships as a coach.
In late 2016, she established Team Bath Synchro Club and took the position of chairwoman with a view to building the first club of its kind in the country by incorporating junior, masters and university synchro in one programme.
In 2017, Ilaria won Team Bath Synchro’s first medal with bronze in the tech solo event at the National Championships. Shortly after, the club achieved its first gold medal at the Walsall Trophy thanks to duet Rebecca MacOliver and Annabelle Byrne.