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1120km of guts, grit and glory – Terence Parkin is putting himself to the test for SA youth – FOR THE SECOND TIME!


In 2018, renowned athlete and Olympic medalist, Terence Parkin successfully completed a mammoth 902km marathon of cycling, swimming, running and canoeing in order to raise funds for deaf and disabled children’s Learn to Swim and Water Safety programmes.

During the months that followed his 2018 902km challenge, he visited many schools for the Deaf in South Africa, giving water safety talks and swimming lessons (detailed report available upon request). Terence’s efforts for his 902km Challenge were also acknowledged by South Africa’s parliament.

This year, Terence Parkin is going to do a 1120km challenge to raise funds for further activities in 2019, including free CPR/First Aid training to staff and older learners at schools for the Deaf.

Terence completed an instructor’s course in CPR/First Aid training which makes him the only Deaf person in South Africa a qualified instructor in CPR/First Aid training.  In addition to continuing Water Safety and Learn to Swim programmes in deaf and disabled schools, he plans to offer CPR/First Aid training for staff and older learners in all schools for the deaf during 2019 with the funds he raises from his second mammoth marathon of 1120km.

Terence’s 1120km journey will see him tackle the following course from Johannesburg to Durban:


  • 4 February:  St Vincent School for the Deaf, Johannesburg to Frankfort (200km)
  • 5 February:  Frankfort to Phuthaditjhaba (200km) and a visit to Thiboloha School for the Deaf and Blind
  • 6 February:  Phuthaditjhaba to Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho (140km)
  • 7 February: Afriski Mountain Resort to Underberg (180km)
  • 8 February: Underberg to Midmar Dam (183km)

Swimming – Midmar Mile

  • 9-11 February: Midmar Mile event where Terence will swim 17.8km over 3 days


  • 11 February:  Midmar Dam to Shooter’s Hill (26km)
  • 12 February:  Shooter’s Hill to Albert Falls (27km)
  • 13 February:  Albert Falls to Natal Canoe Club (27km) – Start of Dusi Canoe Marathon

Canoeing – Dusi Canoe Marathon

  • 14 February:  Natal Canoe Club to Dusi Bridge (40km)
  • 15 February:  Dusi Bridge to Inanda Dam (44km)
  • 16 February: Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon (36km)

Parkin himself was born deaf and overcame his personal challenges to become the most celebrated Deaflympic athlete in the world and a silver medal winner in the 2000 Summer Olympics. His natural talents as a swimmer and his passionate advocacy for young deaf athletes led to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation recently naming him as one of their Ambassadors.

He travels across the world giving talks on issues around water safety, preventing drowning fatalities and coaching children on how to swim.

“I want to help children in SA to reach their full potential and grow into healthy adults, while at the same time being safe in the water” Parkin says of his cause. “Swimming has been an incredibly positive influence in my life and I want children with hearing difficulties and other challenges to experience something similar. Who knows, there may be more Olympic medalists out there in SA that we can reach through this initiative!”

Parkin also wants staff and older learners in schools for the Deaf and in other disabled schools to be empowered in water safety tactics, CPR and First Aid.

Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene of Monaco, endorses Terence’s initiative and is proud of his energy and commitment to the cause of water safety and drowning prevention, which is a key focus of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation.

Fellow Olympian, swimmer and CEO of the PCMFSA, Ryk Neethling, says that the Foundation is behind Parkin 100% and encourages other South Africans to lend their support to this worthy cause.

“We can all be inspired by Terence,”  Neethling says. “He is paving the way for youngsters across our country to live their dreams – no matter what the odds.”

Sources: Princess Charlene of Monaco foundation
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