Simona started shooting when she was 14 years old, and started competing in ISSF competitions in 2005, when she debuted as a junior in the World Championship in Lonato, winning a silver medal. She also won the bronze at the European Championship, as a junior, which took place in Belgrade. In the same year, she was awarded the Silver Medal for Athletic Valour.
In 2012 she stepped onto the podium in second place at the World Championship in Lima, Peru. She just missed the podium in the World Cup in Granada.
She is engaged to Marco and they live together.
What's your favourite shotgun?
My favourite is the Beretta DT11, which I am currently using.
Why do you prefer this specific model?
The shotgun I prefer using is always my Beretta DT11. When I tried it for the first time, it fell in love. I can't imagine using another shotgun.
Who is your favourite shooter?
This sport has many shooters that we could call role models, but if I have to be honest, my favourite shooter is our gold medal winner at the Athens Olympics in 2004, Andrea Benelli. Seeing him shoot is always hugely exciting.
Who inspired you to shoot?
There isn't one person in particular who inspired me to take part in the sport. My father has always been a hunter, and one day I started shooting just by chance, because he needed to test a shotgun for hunting, while adjusting the grip.
What's your best shooting story?
I'm sorry but I really don't have an answer to that question. Every moment is important and we must learn lessons from them, whether it's a good moment or bad moment.
Which is your favourite shooting range?
There is no one range that I prefer, but there are a number or ranges that I carry in my heart because I have always been happy there from every point of view. Some are the ones in Granada, Beijing, Cairo and the range in Belgrade.
How old were you when you held a shotgun for the first time?
I was 14 years old, or a little less the first time I held a shotgun. It happened thanks to my father; we were on the range in Trigoria because he needed to adjust the grip on an automatic hunting shotgun (Beretta 20 caliber). It was summer and he was training for the opening of the hunting season. Jokingly he said: "Why don't you try shooting a target?" We went onto the skeet range and I tried shooting on the first platform. At that moment I fell in love with skeet shooting.
What are your goals and plans for the future?
My goals for the future are no doubt to continue growing, improving and learning new things. In this sport you never finish growing in experience. The goal and dream of every athlete who takes part in an Olympic sport is to go to the Olympic Games. But before getting there, there are many things to overcome first. Every competition is a point of passage and a goal towards reaching that dream.
What advice can you give others who are inspired by you?
My advice is to always give as much as you can, give it your all, whatever your goal may be.