Simone started shooting in 2000 at the age of 15 in the trap discipline. In 2007 he took part in his first Universiade. It was the 24th edition held in Bangkok, Thailand and he came first both in his individual category and in the team competition.
In 2010 he came second in the final of the Italian Excellence Championship which took place in Lonato.
In 2011, he once again stepped onto the podium of the Universiade, which that year was held in Shenzhen, China. In that edition he came third in the individual competition and first in the team competition. In the same year he took part in the Grand Prix of the Union in Almaty, where he came fifth in the individual competition and first again in the team competition.
In 2013 he once again came third in the 27th edition of the Universiade, this time held in Kazan, Russia, and thanks to his contribution, the team won gold once again. That same year he came second in the Final of the Italian Excellence Championship which was held at the TAV Acquaviva.
He received the Gold Star for Sporting Merit from the State Police. Simone is currently in a relationship.
What's your favourite shotgun?
My favourite shotgun is the Beretta DT11, which is the one that I use in training and competitions.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
I regard it as better than all the other shotguns I have tried because it's a perfect combination between stability and speed of tilting the firearm.
Who is your favourite shooter?
My favourite shooter is gold medal winner at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, Michael Diamond. His speed and consistency in getting results is what impresses me the most despite the passing years. These qualities make of him a great champion, who has left his mark in the history of the sport.
Who inspired you to shoot?
The person who inspired me to shoot for the first time was my father.
What's your best shooting story?
My best story is without a shadow of a doubt what happened at the Universiade held in Bangkok in 2007. I missed the last target in the final and ended up in a tie-break with a shooter from the Ukraine. It felt like it was the end of the world because I had missed the chance to win gold. But together with the captain, I managed to recharge psychologically and I faced the shoot off beautifully, winning at the tenth target. It's a fantastic memory that taught me to never lose concentration and never give up until the end.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
In my opinion, the best range that I have tried is the one in Lonato, the Trap Concaverde. It is the most well-equipped both in terms of the level of technicality and condition of the range.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
The first time I held a shotgun was when I was 12 years old and I remember being very nervous. I had gone hunting. I wasn't even meant to shoot that day but they allowed me to try and I couldn't resist. That day was when I shot my first pheasant.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
My goals for the future are obviously to make a name for myself in international shooting competitions, and why not also one day take part in the Olympics and possibly win!
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
I would feel honoured if someone was inspired by me, because he would have no doubt seen certain qualities if he wanted to be like me. At the same time though I would advise him to grow and strengthen his own way of being and his personality, because we are all different.