Terence Parkin

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

In 2011, Parkin saved a young boy from drowning.


2000 Sydney Olympic Games

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."


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