Iulian SERBAN (ROU)

RORomania
Age:
45 years
Languages:
Romanian
Federation:
FEDERATIA ROMANA DE KAIAC-CANOE
Romania paracanoe Iulian Serban

Biography

Further Personal Information

NICKNAME
Grasul
WHEN/WHERE DID YOU START CANOEING/ KAYAKING?
He took up canoeing in 1998, and continued the sport following his accident.
REASON FOR TAKING UP THE SPORT
He followed his mother and brother into canoeing
CLUB
CSA Steaua Bucuresti [Romania]
MEMORABLE SPORTING ACHIEVEMENT
RankEventYearLocationResult
World Championships
1K1 200m LTA2012Poznan, POL43.259
1K1 200m LTA2011Szeged, HUN43.294
1K1 200m LTA2010Poznan, POL44.176
2K1 200m LTA2014Moscow, RUS39.467
2K1 200m LTA2013Duisburg, GER39.505
4KL32015Milan, ITA39.836
5KL32016Duisburg, GER41.170
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN CAREER
His mother, and his brother.
HERO/IDOL
Romanian sprint paddler Vasile Diba
OTHER INFORMATION
Classification
KL3

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency (libertatea.ro, 29 Jan 2010)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (libertatea.ro, 29 Jan 2010)

Impairment Details
In May 2006 he was rushing to get on a train when he slipped and his right foot fell under the wheels. He lost his right leg and sustained injuries to his left leg, head, lung, liver and spine. He required more than 20 operations and spent seven months in bed. (prostemcell.ro, Aug 2011; libertatea.ro, 29 Jan 2010)

Awards
In 2016 he received a sporting achievement award from the Romanian Canoe Kayak Federation in recognition of his performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (agerpres.ro, 16 Dec 2016)

General
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Romanian male paddler to compete at the Paralympic Games when he participated at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 2016)