A Winning Mindset

A Winning Mindset

A Winning Mindset, an award-winning partnership between the International Paralympic Committee and Allianz, is a fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, with experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life. The official podcast of the Paralympic Games provides a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empowering and inspirational stories and allows each athlete to showcase their true personalities. WINNER OF BEST BRANDED PODCAST AT THE 2021 WEBBY AWARDS WINNER OF BEST PODCAST AT 2021 DIGIDAY MEDIA EUROPE AWARDS WINNER OF BEST SPORT PODCAST AT 2021 SPORT INDUSTRY AWARDS WINNER OF BEST BRAND PARTNERSHIP AT 2022 DIGIDAY MEDIA EUROPE AWARDS Episodes go beyond Paralympic stories by covering a range of educational, mental health and self-improvement themes. Athletes also tackle subjects that are close to their hearts and of interest to fans. Issues explored include finding purpose, wellbeing, motivation, changing attitudes, overcoming failure, support systems, resilience, positivity, diversity and inclusion, body confidence and many more. Allianz is a long-standing partner of the International Paralympic Committee. Together, we bring you this series of podcasts. We will introduce you to stories with Paralympians that will spark confidence in your everyday life. Stories of challenges, ups and downs, determination, and excellence. Stories that demonstrate the true power of having the right team behind you. And prepare you for what’s ahead. The Paralympic podcast series is presented by British broadcaster Andy Stevenson, who has reported on the Paralympic Games since 2012 for BBC and Channel 4. Featured athletes include Tatyana McFadden, Jonnie Peacock and Arly Velasquez. Make sure you subscribe to hear upcoming episodes from athletes including Marcel Hug and Anastasia Pagonis.


February 4, 2022 30 min
The world of intellectual impairments is explored in the latest episode of A Winning Mindset with British Paralympic swimmer, Jessica-Jane Applegate.
In the final episode of this second series, Jessica-Jane discussed her journey with an intellectual impairment. From struggling at school to being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, the athlete from Great Britain has a message around treating people fairly that needs to be heard by a...
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Sebastian Magenheim, the German wheelchair basketball sensation, takes time away from his new career with Allianz to discuss the importance of being able to adapt to changing roles in life. 
Magenheim, who took to the court at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, expresses how his sporting career has prepared him for his current position with Allianz, the Paralympic Insurance Partner who partner with the IPC on A Winning Mindset. 

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It’s A Winning Mindset first as we are joined by Canadian husband-and-wife duo Billy Bridges and Sami Jo Small to discuss how teamwork and how they support one another to achieve their goals. 

Billy (a Paralympian) and Sami (an Olympian) tell the stories of what makes their relationship so strong and explore the need for everyone to have a support group they can rely on in life. 

The duo discuss the teamwork in life which bri...
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January 14, 2022 32 min
German vision impaired skier and biathlete Clara Klug delves into the mental side of her life and explains how the people around her have helped to make her the strong, independent and confident person she is today. 

Klug, who will compete at the 2022 Winter Paralympics, is joined by sister Pia to analyse the tricks and techniques she has to get the best out of every single day. Clara speaks about her outlook on life with her si...
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January 7, 2022 32 min
USA athlete Jaleen Roberts speaks honestly, openly and emotionally about life with bipolar disorder as part of the latest episode of A Winning Mindset. 

Roberts, a Team USA medallist at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, talks candidly about her journey with mental health and how the decision to check herself into a facility helped to understand herself better on her journey in life and in sport. 

In this powerful and deeply pe...
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December 30, 2021 25 min
Sumit Antil, the Indian gold-medal winning javelin thrower, speaks from the heart about the world of disability and how he found his purpose in life, in the latest episode of A Winning Mindset. 

Given a hero’s welcome after victory at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Sumit is focused on disability representation across India. Alongside his best friend Mohit, this episode talks about how the world has meaning for him and why Sumi...
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TikTok sensation and Paralympic gold medallist Anastasia Pagonis joins A Winning Mindset for a fun-filled chat on all things success and defying expectations. 

Pagonis, who has built over a million followers across social media, made her medal- winning debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, but it is away from the swimming pool that she continues to break barriers. A global role model for persons with a visual impairment, the...
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December 17, 2021 26 min
It’s time to get motivated by a true great. ‘Silver Bullet’ Marcel Hug takes time from his extraordinary 2021 to discuss the theme of motivation and how it leads to his perfection on and off the track. 

The multiple-time Paralympic gold medallist spoke to Andy Stevenson following his victory at the New York Marathon, opening up on what keeps him motivated and how his coach Paul Odermatt’s encouragement continually gets the best ...
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December 10, 2021 29 min
Hannah Macdougall, the Australian Para Swimming and cycling great, provides her expertise on how we can all maintain our wellbeing in our everyday lives.
Macdougall, a medallist at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, has studied a PhD in the subject and discusses the importance of focusing on personal wellbeing as part of a healthy and happy lifestyle, offering practical tips to listeners.
Additionally, Macdougall talks openly with...
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December 3, 2021 30 min
Millie Knight is first on the mic to discuss how having a support group in place is vital for anyone to succeed in life.
Great Britain’s Millie Knight is a multiple-time Paralympic medallist in alpine skiing, taking to the slopes with her guide and friend, Brett Wild. Knight, who is visually impaired, speaks openly about the role Brett and many more play in her life, as well as a frank discussion on how she recovers from harrowing...
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A Winning Mindset, an award-winning partnership between the International Paralympic Committee and Allianz, is a fascinating journey into the minds of Paralympians, with experiences that can benefit your own personal and professional life.  
The official podcast of the Paralympic Games provides a platform for Para athletes to talk about their empowering and inspirational stories and allows each athlete to showcase their true per...
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Episode three of this WeThe15 mini-series of A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics sees Paralympic Games legend Tatyana McFadden quiz Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. 
As part of the WeThe15 global campaign, the IPC are working with over 20 organisations, including the United Nations, to spark global conversations on the topic of disability rights  
Launched ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paral...
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Australian Paralympic sensation Ellie Cole speaks with United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, on WeThe15’s global importance in the second episode of this A Winning Mindset mini-series.
Bachelet, who prior to her role as UN High Commissioner served as the President of Chile, is a key figure in the world of accessibility, and in her role with the United Nations is part of an organisation supporting W...
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August 21, 2021 18 min
To mark the launch of WeThe15, the biggest ever human rights movement to represent the world’s 1.2 billion persons with disabilities, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President Andrew Parsons speaks on the significance of WeThe15.
The first episode in this mini-series of A Winning Mindset: Lessons From The Paralympics, American Paralympic medallist and global advocate for disability rights Anna Johannes speaks in depth wi...
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January 8, 2021 32 min
Bebe Vio. The Rising Phoenix...

One of the most recognisable Paralympians of all-time is the guest for the final episode of the series. 

Contracting meningitis aged 11, Vio had both arms amputated and both legs from the knees down. Today, she is a Paralympic great and one of the faces of the Movement. It’s a position driven by her incredible defiance and ability to challenge perceptions. 

“They used to tell me it was impossi...
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Kaleo Kanahele Maclay, a two-time Paralympic medallist, talks sitting volleyball, being a business owner and a mother to a three-year old son.

Maclay, who represents USA in sitting volleyball, made her Paralympic bow at London 2012, winning silver, before following it up with gold in Rio 2016. But sport is just one part of her action-packed life. 

“I have always wanted to bring Duke and my family along because I do think I ...
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December 23, 2020 17 min
Colombian swimmer Carlos Serrano discusses the importance of motivation, passion and purpose in the 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 about 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” Ser...
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Uganda’s star of the pool Husnah Kukundakwe discusses disability rights and representation in Africa and her hopes for the future of the world.

Kukundakwe, who made her international debut at the 2019 Allianz Para Swimming World Championships in London, has had quite the battle in her 13 years: from being an outcast at school and in public due to her disability, to becoming the swimming star of Uganda.  

“(The biggest facto...
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December 11, 2020 31 min
German Paralympic great Markus Rehm speaks openly about a life which has seen him break every barrier that has stood in his way. 

Rehm, the multiple-time Paralympic Games champion in long jump and world record holder at 8.48m, reflects on the hurdles he still has to overcome to reach his ambitions. 

“I would like to perform at the Olympic Games,” he admits. “Not because I want to be an Olympic athlete, I am a Paralympic athle...
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December 4, 2020 27 min
A Paralympic skiier from Mexico isn’t something you expect to see too often. But Arly Velasquez doesn’t believe in expectations.

Velasquez, one of a select few to ever represent Mexico at a Winter Paralympic Games, discusses the role of risk in his life - and how we can all learn to manage it. 

“I have developed because of taking decisions where I have no idea. It’s a matter of 'does it feel right or not?'" he said.
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