Kieren Perkins is a hero of the Australian sporting arena. From Captain of Swimming at Brisbane Boys’ College in 1990 to dual Olympic gold medallist just six years later, Kieren has added an impressively long list of awards and achievements to his name.
Kieren Perkins has held 18 Australian records, three world records, and three Commonwealth records. Kieran has represented Australia all over the world, including Monte Carlo, Rome, Auckland, Canada, Barcelona, Atlanta and, of course, at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Kieren Perkins described the famous 1500 metre freestyle victory at the Barcelona Olympic Games as his greatest swimming victory. That same swim saw him set a new world record.
In 1993 his achievements were recognised with the Young Australian of the Year Award, and the Order of Australia Medal.
Dominating the 1500 mtr swim
Kieren’s domination of the 1500 metre freestyle event looked to be over during the run up to the Atlanta Olympics. Barely scraping into the Olympic team, Kieran qualified for the 1500 metre final with the slowest time. It was in the race he proved his incredible strength, determination and athleticism to the world. Blitzing the field, he won a truly memorable gold medal, his outstanding victory capturing the hearts of Australia. Following his silver medal swim at the Sydney 2000 Games, Kieren announced his retirement. He moved with his family to Sydney shortly after to begin the next chapter of his life.
Since his retirement from competition Kieren has been appointed to the board of the Australian Sports Commission and has moved into the role of corporate ambassador and media personality. Kieren recently finished a series as a reporter for the Sydney based program Weekend and was seen across the nation on A Current Affair reporting from the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka.
Keiren has recently taken on a new challenge as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions at NAB Private Wealth.
Kieren’s story of motivation, determination and success will inspire every audience
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