2009 Sportsman of the Year

Terence PARKIN

Photo: Terence PARKIN

Flag: South Africa South Africa (RSA)

Swimming

Terence won 7 gold medals at the recent Summer Deaflympics in Taipei in the swimming events and a bronze medal in the cycling event. Being able to achieve this feat by competing in two different sports at the Deaflympic level and to medal in both categories deserves this honor to be named the best athlete of the year! Furthermore, Terence has broken 12 World records in the year of 2009 and there are a few more applications for world record recognition from his recent swimming competition in Singapore at the FINA Swimming World Cup. His Taipei accomplishments includes:

  • 50m Breaststroke – Gold Medal 29.58
  • 200m Breaststroke Gold Medal and Deaf Games record 2:16.32
  • 400m Individual Medley Gold Medal and Deaf Games record 4:29.56
  • 200m Freestyle Gold Medal and World record 1:53.12
  • 100m Breaststroke Gold Medal and Deaf Games record 1:03.51
  • 200m Individual Medley Gold Medal and Deaf Games record 2:06.24
  • 1500m Freestyle Gold Medal and World record 16:08.56
  • In the cycling event 93.12km road race 2:17.41 bronze medal

Other top finishers in this ranking order:

AthleteCountrySport
GERMANO Luca flag: Italy ITASwimming
KARPOV Artemy flag: Russian Federation RUSBadminton
TRISHKIN Ilia flag: Russian Federation RUSSwimming
SCHWEINSBERG Ingo flag: Germany GERShooting
WEN Chih-Hsuan flag: Chinese Taipei TPETable Tennis
GRENINS Maris flag: Latvia LATAthletics
LAURENT Mikael flag: France FRATennis
YAMADA Kosui flag: Japan JPNJudo
BUKIN Makar flag: Ukraine UKRFootball