IPC podcast: Colombia's Carlos Serrano on engagement

Swimming star and Tokyo 2020 hopeful talks about what drives him and also on being a father 23 Dec 2020
a male Para swimmer holds up four fingers and his gold medal
Swimming sensation Carlos Serrano won five titles at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games
ⒸLima 2019

Colombian swimmer Carlos Serrano discusses the importance of motivation, passion and purpose in the IPC's latest episode of "A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics." 

Serrano, who won three Paralympic medals at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, joined Andy Stevenson to speak over his life outside the pool and the key drivers behind his career so far.  

“I feel a responsibility of making all people of short stature proud,” Serrano said. “I do intend to support sports in anyway possible, I’d like to continue providing motivation to disable people, so they can work hard and improve.” 

Serrano, who was born with achondroplasia, also spoke with pride about being a father and how his daughter has changed him for the better since her birth at the beginning of 2020.   

“She makes me very happy; I am very proud of her, I love seeing her grow up. Sara Luna gives me motivation to compete harder and to win more races. I want her to see me as someone who aimed high and was able to achieve his goals.” 

The Colombian, who is preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, also reflects on the importance of his mother and how he sees his future progressing.  

Learning topics for this episode include parenting, positive mindsets, motivation and envisioning success.  

The full podcast transcript with Carlos Serrano is available online.