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Charl Parkin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Wife Liesl
Residence
Port Elizabeth, RSA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Accounting - Rand Afrikaans University: Johannesburg, RSA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming in 2010 at age 41 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.
Why this sport?
"It helps the working muscles to survive a bit longer and develop the other muscles to help with the work load of the non-functioning muscles."

International debut

Year
2010
Competing for
South Africa
Location
Berlin, GER

General interest

Hobbies
Being outdoors, gardening. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Most influential person in career
His father-in-law. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
His wife Liesl Parkin. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The only disability in life is a bad attitude." (Weekend Post South Africa, 17 Feb 2018)
Other sports
He won a gold medal in Para triathlon at the 2017 World Series event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He has also competed in Para cycling at national level. (heraldlive.co.za, 28 Sep 2017; cyclingsa.com, 21 Feb 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Weekend Post South Africa, 17 Feb 2018)
Impairment
In 2007 he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and was given two years to live. "Before I started swimming I was unable to walk properly, drove my car with difficulty and could not make use of my right arm and hand. Plus I was given two years to live." (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011; Weekend Post South Africa, 17 Feb 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He has worked as an accountant. (Athlete, 11 Apr 2011)