SA swimmer Parkin becomes global brand amabassador


File: Terence Parkin of South Africa, on his way to win the 400m Individual Medley men heat 1/2 in a time of 4:12.62 on the third day of the Swimming World Cup held in Durban, South Africa, 07 December 2003.

JOHANNESBURG - SA swimmer Terence Parkin takes to the world stage as a Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation Ambassador

Renowned South African athlete Terence Parkin, has recently been honoured by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, who have recognised him as Global Brand Ambassador for the Deaf and Blind.

Parkin is the most decorated Deaflympic athlete in the world. He won 33 Deaflympic medals and brought home a silver medal for South Africa in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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As an Ambassador of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, Parkin travels across the world, giving talks at various events on issues such as water safety and coaching children on how to swim to prevent drowning fatalities. This something which is personally meaningful to him given that in 2011 he saved a seven year old boy from drowning by rescuing him and resuscitating him.

File: SA paralympic swimmer Terence Parkin. Credit: ANA

The Foundation works throughout the world to raise public awareness about the dangers of drowning and teaching children and caregivers how to swim and prevent water-related fatalities.

According to Princess Charlene, “Terence is an incredible athlete who has shown dedication and passion for his sport, and has never let any obstacles stand in his way on his path to achieve great things. We welcome him to the Foundation, where we know that he will continue to do excellent work.”

Fellow Olympian and celebrated SA swimmer, Ryk Neethling, who is the CEO of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, is excited to be working with Parkin, “He is such a powerful role model for children everywhere, and an inspiration for anyone who is struggling to overcome the odds. I admire his sporting achievements and his subsequent work and look forward to seeing what’s next for him and the Foundation, which does such invaluable work.”