Kingsley Bugarin

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Kingsley Bugarin
Kingsley Bugarin.jpg
After Rottnest channel swim 2005
Personal information
Full name Kingsley Haldane Bugarin
Nickname(s) Biggles
Nationality  Australia
Born (1968-08-03) 3 August 1968 (age 49)
Mount Lawley, Western Australia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, Individual Medley, Freestyle, Butterfly
Club Swan Hills swimming club
Australian S12 swimmer Kingsley Bugarin swims breaststroke at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games


Kingsley Haldane Bugarin, OAM[1] (born 3 August 1968)[2] is an Australian Paralympic and vision impaired swimmer. He was born in Mount Lawley, Western Australia. He attended La Salle College, Perth.[3] Bugarin married Yanti Ardie during the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia in Busselton in December 2014[4].

He competed in five consecutive Summer Paralympics from 1984 to 2000, winning a total of five gold, eight silver, and six bronze medals.[5] He held the Australian record for the highest Paralympic medal count until it was surpassed in 2012 by Matthew Cowdrey.[6]


Bugarin's overall international medal tally shows a total of 32 gold medals, 19 silver medals and 13 bronze medals[7]. Over the duration of his career, Bugarin has won a total of 155 medals in competitions ranging from National Championships to Paralympic Games.

Bugarin currently still holds the world record for the 200m breaststroke in class S12 with a time of 2:35:21 which he obtained on 23 August 1996 at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games[8].

Bugarin is officially retired from high level competition but still trains and competes in open water swimming events.[9]

He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 1997 to 1999 in swimming.[10]


In 2000, he received an Australian Sports Medal.[11]

In 2008 he was inducted into the Western Australian swimming association hall of fame.[12]


  1. ^ "Bugarin, Kingsley Haldane, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta U.S.A. August 15-25 1996 : Australia : team handbook. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1996. p. 70. 
  3. ^ "Hall of Excellene 2008 Inductees" (PDF). La Salle College Website. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Hoy, Daniel (29 November 2014). "IRONMAN Couple Run For Life". Retrieved 28 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Results for kingsley bugarin from the International Paralympic Committee
  6. ^ Foreman, Glenn (6 September 2012). "Matt Cowdrey becomes Australia's greatest Paralympian with 11th gold medal". News Limited Network. Retrieved 5 September 2012. 
  7. ^ OAM, Kingsley Bugarin. "medal tally". Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  8. ^ OAM, Kingsley Bugarin. "records". Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  9. ^ "OWS Round 8 - Cottesloe Series Points" (PDF). Swimming WA. p. 1. 
  10. ^ Nihil, G. (2006). Australian Institute of Sport : celebrating excellence. Focus Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 1-921156-16-3. 
  11. ^ "Bugarin, Kingsley: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Swimming WA annual report 2007/08" (PDF). Swimming WA. p. 25. 

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