Serafina King

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SM10

Further personal information

Residence
Santa Monica, CA, USA
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2002 at age four at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, ON, Canada.
Why this sport?
"I started getting involved in swimming because my parents found out that I had scoliosis and the therapist said that the best thing for me would be swimming, because it really strengthens your back."
Club / Team
Beach Cities: Redondo Beach, CA, USA
Name of coach
Monique Shelton, USA

International debut

Year
2014
Competing for
United States
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA

General interest

Nicknames
Fifi, Fina, Surf [by her national teammates because she grew up beside the beach]. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Hobbies
Paddleboarding, surfing, outrigger canoeing, recording underwater short films. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the S10 400m freestyle at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, ON, Canada. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Monique Shelton. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Hero / Idol
US swimmers Katie Ledecky and Matt Grevers. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016; swimmingworldmagazine.com, 13 Jun 2016)
Injuries
In late 2014 she was hospitalised with appendicitis. A week after leaving hospital she was hit by a car while walking across the street. She suffered a sprained knee and used crutches for several weeks. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
"I always do the same series of arm swings before I get on the blocks for each race." (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Most of the time, when I've lost, it's been because of myself more than my opponent." (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Other sports
She has competed in ocean lifeguarding junior competitions at national level in United States of America, and has also been nationally ranked as a junior open water swimmer, paddleboarder and iron guard competitor. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport, she would like to become an ocean lifeguard for Los Angeles County in United States of America. (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Impairment
Her impairment is the result of the effects of a brachial plexus injury at birth. "A spinal cord injury during birth affected my right arm and the right side of my torso, leaving my arm fully paralysed for the early part of my life and now partially paralysed. My right arm is three inches shorter than the left arm, internally rotated, with an elbow contracture and limited range of motion." (Athlete, 21 Jan 2016)
Other information
UNIVERSITY COMMITMENT
In April 2017 she officially committed to the University of Wyoming for the 2017/18 academic year in the United States of America, where she will represent the university's swim team. She said one of the main reasons for choosing Wyoming was the appointment of Dave Deniston as head coach of the university's swimming programme. (swimswam.com, 25 Apr 2017)