Marianne speaks about her swimming goals and aspirations

Marianne speaks about her swimming goals from when she was a child to what she has accomplished and has others accomplish the same goals

About the speaker


Marianne was born in Mexico, and moved to Canada in 1987 with her husband, raising her family (four beautiful daughters) in the Okanagan with a focus on strong values and a healthy lifestyle through sports. She relocated to Vancouver in 2005 and in the fall of 2014 she organized the first-ever para relay to swim the English Channel. Marianne has over thirty years of coaching experience and coaches Honu, a para swim team in Vancouver, that she founded in 2008. Dedicated and committed to swimming, Marianne was part of the national swim team at the FISU Games and was the first swimmer to represent Mexico in finswimming. A passionate open water swimmer, in 1985 Marianne was the first Mexican and first German woman to swim the English Channel. Having coached para-athletes at an elite level (the London 2012 Paralympics and Toronto 2015 Para Pam American Games), Marianne is eager to share her expertise, experience, and passion for swimming with both competitive and fitness swimmers. Marianne has a true passion for swimming and her coaching philosophy is “Believing is Achieving”, a motto that continues to guide her daily life.

How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
My creativity is to dream and to believe I can achieve, to never give up and with passion follow the purpose in my life. We only live once, and I am certain that there is no dream too big or too crazy to pursue.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
In myself, I believe in always sharing a smile and helping others. I believe health is our biggest treasure we have no matter who you are; where you are or what you do.

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d know as a young person?
Don’t trust everyone, we all have different values in life.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at Creative Mornings?
Sunny Lowry (1911-2008) I had the pleasure of meeting her at the English Channel in 1985. Now I would like to talk to her about what we share in common and why we do what we do. Her legendary swimming achievements, her consistent contribution to our sport.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
There are two equally crazy things I have done in my life–both have actually inspired and created my creative moment–which have influenced who I am and what I do.
1. Swimming the English Channel at age 24 and starting a new adventure 29 years later.
2. To leave everything I knew behind at the moment when I had the most opportunities in my life, to start a new adventure in Canada in 1987.

What are you proudest of in your life?
What I am proudest of is raising four women who want to make the world a better place, who live and share the values that have inspired our family and to know that they are not only sisters, they are best friends for life.

What is the one question we haven’t asked that you want to answer?
I would like to be asked what my next crazy project is! I want to talk about the Honu Center and the work I want to continue. It’s a center to help people with a disability through the water to improve their health and “feel the freedom water can give us all.“

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Gracias a la natación mi hijo y Yo tuvimos el privilegio de conocer a Marianne y su bella Familia ... siempre estaremos agradecidos por su apoyo y generosidad. Me encanta y comparto lo planteado por Ella, reconociéndola como UNA GRAN MUJER 👌👏👏👏. Saludos con cariño y admiración.

Ana Cecilia Alarcón Suero • April 5, 2020