Swimmer Teresa Perales has won 22 medals in four separate Paralympics, more medals in international competition than any other Spaniard ever. Perales visited Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM) to participate in the second meeting of the Spanish Sports Federation for Persons with Physical Disabilities (la Federación Española de Deportes de Personas con Discapacidad Física - FEDDF).
During the meeting, Teresa shared her personal and professional experiences and highlighted three core values that have been vital to her career: motivation, commitment and desire. She encouraged the young athletes not to fall victim to self-sabotage and to always believe that they have the strength to reach their goals and accomplish their dreams. She also highlighted the important steps forward that women are making in sports.
The athletes that participated in the meeting are part of the swim team being trained by the FEDDF at the sports installations of Universidad Europea’s Villaviciosa de Odón campus. The promising team of young athletes is led by Xavi Torres, a winner of 16 medals from six different Paralympic Games.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.