ParalympianPara Swimming

Roy Perkins

Paralympian 2008, 2012, 2016

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Del Mar, CA


The Bishop’s School (LaJolla, Calif.) ‘08 Stanford University ’18, Earth Systems

classification: S5, SB4, SM5

Perkins began swimming at age 12 when his family moved to California. His parents encouraged him to try many sports growing up, even though he was born without hands or feet. Their only rule was that he had to try a sport at least once before he said he could not do it. His family gave him swimming lessons as a safety precaution. He was then spotted by coach Don Watkinds when he competed at the San Diego Triathlon Challenge. Perkins has set the standard in the S5 classification, having been named the Best Male Swimmer of the Meet at the 2014 and 2015 Can-Am Championships. In 2008 he was the co-recipient (with Rudy Garcia-Tolson) of the Challenged Athlete of the Year award by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. He was named the 2006 Challenged Athlete Star of the Year by San Diego Hall of Champions....Son of Roy and Jana Perkins...Roy is an only child but has five dog “siblings”…His hobbies include playing basketball, following the Washington Redskins and Capitals, stand-up comedy, and food…Cousin Levi Knutson (University of Colorado) played professional basketball in Spain.
  • Three-time Paralympian (2008, 2012, 2016); 11-time medalist (2 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze)
  • Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, gold (50m fly), silver (100m free, 200m free), bronze (50m free), 6th (34 pt. 4x100m freestyle relay, 34 pt. 4x100m medley relay)
  • London 2012 Paralympic Games, silver (50m fly, 100m free), bronze (50m free, 200m free)
  • Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, gold (50m fly), bronze (100m free)
  • Most recent: 2015 – silver (100m free, 50m fly), bronze (200m free), 5th (50m free), 6th (20 pt. 4x50m free)
  • Years of Participation: 2006, 2010, 2013, 2015
  • Medals: 14 (2 gold, 8 silver, 4 bronze)
  • Gold – 2006 (50m fly), 2013 (50m fly)
  • Silver – 2010 (50m fly, 200m free, 100m free), 2013 (200m free, 100m free, 50m free), 2015 (50m fly, 100m free)
  • Bronze – 2006 (200m IM, 20 pt. 4x50m free), 2010 (50m free), 2015 (200m free)
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