Olympic SA swimmer visits St Martin school

2017-11-02 06:00
PHOTOS: supplied ABOVE: With the staff and pupils at St Martin de Porres School this week Olympic medal swimmer Terence Parkin (front, middle).

PHOTOS: supplied ABOVE: With the staff and pupils at St Martin de Porres School this week Olympic medal swimmer Terence Parkin (front, middle).

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OLYMPIC medal swimmer Terence Parkin visited St Martin de Porress School this week.

With five gold and two silver medals to his name, Parkin, who was born deaf, holds the record for winning the most medals in Deaflympics history for bagging 33 medals throughout his career.

Parkin visited St Martin as part of his work for the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, which he is an ambassador for.

Through the foundation he is visiting deaf schools all over the country to co-ordinate swimming lessons for deaf children.

“We were honoured to have Mr Parkin at our school. This is an amazing opportunity for our pupils. He is a great role model and inspiration to them.

“Our school thanks him for taking the time to visit us and the staff and pupils were very excited. We hope to see him again in the future,” said the school’s swimming co-ordinator and coach, Anusha Harripersad.

Parkin also shared similar sentiments about his visit.

“It’s really good that the children are learning how to swim because it is an important skill for them. I am looking forward to doing more lessons,” said Parkin.

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