Terence Parkin

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Terence Parkin
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Born 12 April 1980
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Terence Mike Parkin (born 12 April 1980 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) is a swimmer from South Africa, who won the silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in the 200 metres breaststroke. Parkin, who is deaf, also competed in the 2004 Summer Olympics, as well as the 2005 Deaflympics in which he took home two gold medals.[1]

In 2011, Parkin saved a young boy from drowning.[2]Parkin is the only deaf swimmer to be part of the FINA's elite rankings in 1999 and 2000.He has also won 5 gold medals and 2 silver medals in Deaflympics history[3]He also holds the record for winning the most number of medals in Deaflympics history with a record haul of 33[4][5]In fact,he is the most decorated deaflympic athlete in history.[6]


Deaflympics records[edit]

Parkin has set 7 Deaflympics records for swimming(Men's).All of these records were set at the 2009 Summer Deaflympics.[7]

  • 200 m freestyle (1:53.12)
  • 1500 m freestyle (16:08.56)
  • 50 m breaststroke (29.36)
  • 100 m breaststroke (1:03.51)
  • 200 m breaststroke (2:16.32)
  • 200 m individual medley (2:06.24)
  • 400 m individual medley (4:29.56)

2000 Sydney Olympic Games[edit]

Parkin competed in his first Olympic games in 2000 at the age of 20. He used sign language to communicate with his coach. About his trip to the Olympics, Parkin said "I am going to the Olympics to represent South Africa, but it's so vitally important for me to go, to show that the deaf can do anything. They can't hear, they can see everything. I would like to show the world that there's opportunities for the deaf."[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Terence PARKIN - Olympic Swimming | South Africa". International Olympic Committee. 2016-06-22. Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  2. ^ http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Olympic-swimmer-saves-boy-20110121.
  3. ^ "Athletes | Deaflympics". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Deaflympics-record holders". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2017-08-31. 
  5. ^ "Most medals in Deaflympics history among men and women". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04. 
  6. ^ "Deaflympics 2017 Samsun". deaflympics2017.org (in Turkish). Retrieved 2017-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Deaflympics records for swimming". www.deaflympics.com. Retrieved 2017-09-01. 
  8. ^ Parkin out to win, prove deaf can compete. " CNN Sports Illustrated Online. 2000. Retrieved 12 February 2008.