Teresa Perales

TERESA PERALES

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Teresa Perales
"Dare to win - and to fight every day to become that little bit better."
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LOSING VS. STOP WINNING

For me, sports is an unbeatable teaching of values. When I started to walk I practised karate, horse riding... a little of everything, although without competing. It has made me much stronger as a person and it has helped me to understand the big difference between losing and stop winning.

Losing is to give up or not to dare to try, while to stop winning is just not getting (momentarily) what you pursue. But it has also taught me to dare to win and fight every day to be a little better. Never settle and always strive for excellence in what I do. Somehow, sport has taught me to live life to its fullest.

I started swimming with a life jacket because I had never known how to swim well, much less without mobility or no feeling in my legs. Almost from the beginning, I saw that moving through the water was good for me. They put a timer in front of me and I checked that the timer stopped faster and faster. 

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A DIAMOND TO BE POLISHED

At 19 I suffered a neuropathy that affected my lower extremities and my arms a little bit, and since then I'm using a wheelchair. In my new situation, one day I went into a pool on summer vacation. That first time I had to do it with a life jacket. However, the feeling was very good and I decided I wanted to learn to swim.

Coming back to my city, Zaragoza, I signed up for a swimming club. One of the trainers saw me in the water and told me "you are a diamond in the rough that we have to polish." I started training and very soon I started competing. Now I am on my way to my sixth Paralympic Games.

I graduated in Physiotherapy, although I wanted to be a doctor to go on missions and help people around the world. In my vocation of service, I also went through politics in the Courts of Aragon and in the Government of Aragon. Now I combine sports with motivational talks and my collaboration with different foundations and NGOs.

"My Q300 M Mini is a wheelchair with many possibilities, and despite its power and the number of features it offers, it is very small."
Mi silla de ruedas diaria
"My QUICKIE Nitrum is also fitted with a J3 Carbon Back support and JAY Xtreme Active cushion. It's extremely lightweight, maneuverable and also very tough!! I also love its aesthetics."

Road to Glory

2021
Paralympic Games (Tokyo)

Bronze - 50m Backstroke

2019
World Para Swimming Championships - London

Gold - 50m Backstoke

Bronze - 4 x 100 Medley Relay (34 points)

2017
2017 World Para Swimming Championships - Mexico

Silver - 50m Backstroke

Silver - 100m Freestyle

2016
Paralympic Games (Rio)
Gold - 50m Backstroke
Silver - 200m Freestyle Swimming
Silver - 100m Freestyle
Silver - Individual Medley
4th Place - 50m Freestyle
5th Place - 50m Butterfly
2012
Juegos Paralímpicos 2012
Plata - 50 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 200 metros Estilos SM5
Plata- 200 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 100 metros BrazaSB4
Plata - 50 metros Mariposa S5
Oro - 100 metros Libres S5
2008
Juegos Paralímpicos 2008
Oro - 50 metros Libres S5
Oro - 100 metros Libres S5
Oro- 200 metros LibresS5
Plata- 50 metros Braza S5
Bronce - 100 m Braza SB4
2006
Campeonato del Mundo 2006
Bronce - 50 metros Braza S5
Bronce - 50 metros Braza S5
Plata- 50 metros Mariposa S5
2004
Juegos Paralímpicos 2004
Bronce - 50 metros Libres S5
Oro - 100 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 50 metros Braza S5
Bronce - 100 metros Braza SB4
Oro - 50 metros Mariposa S5
Plata- Relevo 4 x 50 metros 20 Puntos
2002
Campeonato del Mundo 2002
Plata - 50 metros Libres S5
Plata - 100 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 200 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 50 metros Braza S5
Plata - 100 metros Braza SB4
Plata - 50 metros Mariposa S5
Plata - 200 metros Estilos SM5
2000
Juegos Paralímpicos 2000
Bronce - 50 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 100 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 200 metros Libres S5
Bronce - 50 metros Braza S5
Plata- 50 metros Mariposa S5
1998
Campeontao del Mundo 1998
Bronce - 50 metros Libres S6

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