Terence Parkin's Epic 1120km Fundraiser driven by First Car Rental

February 2019 - Terence Parkin, South African swimmer and Deaflympics' most successful athlete will be pushing himself again this year with an epic 1120 km challenge.

The aim is to raise awareness about water safety and its' possible dangers. He also wants to raise funds for water safety lessons, CPR training at deaf and disabled schools.

First Car Rental is proud to support the initiative and sponsored transport for Parkin, his team and their equipment.

Terence will be going 218 km further than he did last year when he accomplished a marathon of 902 km of running, cycling, swimming and canoeing.

His epic journey started on 4 February 2019 at the St Vincent School for the Deaf in Johannesburg and will end on the 16 February 2019 when he reaches the Dusi Canoe Marathon finish-line at Blue Lagoon in Durban.

Terence Parkin 1120km Challenge

Parkin's journey entails 4 stages:

Cycling: 903km over 5 days

  • Day 1 (04 Feb 2019): Johannesburg to Frankfort (200km)
  • Day 2 (05 Feb 2019): Frankfort to Phuthaditjhaba (200km)
  • Day 3 (06 Feb 2019): Phutaditjhaba to Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho (140km)
  • Day 4 (07 Feb 2019): Afriski to Underberg (180km)
  • Day 5 (08 Feb 2019): Underberg to Midmar Dam (183km)

Swimming: 17.8km over 3 days

  • Day 6 - 8 (09 - 11 Feb 2019): Midmar Mile (17.8km)

Running: 80km over 3 days

  • Day 8 (11 Feb 2019): Midmar Dam to Shooters Hill (26km)
  • Day 9 (12 Feb 2019): Shooters Hill to Albert Falls (27km)
  • Day 10 (13 Feb 2019): Albert Falls to Natal Canoe Club (27km)

Canoeing: 120km over 3 days

  • Day 11 (14 Feb 2019): Natal Canoe Club to Dusi Bridge (40km)
  • Day 12 (15 Feb 2019): Dusi Bridge to Inanda Dam (44km)
  • Day 13 (16 Feb 2019): Inanda Dam to Blue Lagoon (36km)

Terence Parkin 1120km Challenge

All funds raised by Parkin will be donated to the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit their website here.
To donate, please click here.

About Terence Parkin


  • Terence Parkin was born 12 April 1980 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. He is a deaf swimmer from South Africa. Terence has a sporting career spanning 15 years and has competed internationally and professionally for 11 of these.
  • Terence is the Deaflympics' most successful athlete since its inception 1929. He has accumulated 29 gold medals, one silver and one bronze medal (for cycling) at 4 Deaflympic Games meetings. Terence currently holds 50 Deaf World records in the long and short-course pool. He is referred to as the 'Silent Torpedo' and the Michael Phelps of the Deaflympics.
  • Terence took a break from swimming for a few years and entered a number of triathlons and cycling races. He won the World Deaf Cycling Championships in the 120km road race in California, 2005. Locally, he has competed in many major sporting evenings: Dusi Canoe Marathon, Sani2C, Amashova, 94.7, etc.
  • Terence has received the following awards nationally and internationally: World Deaf Sportsman of the Year (1997, 2000, 2001, 2005), CISS Sportsman of the Century (2000), SA Schools Sportsman of the Year (2002), Gold Presidential Awards (2000, 2001, 2002).
  • Terence's success can be attributed to his sheer will and dedication to training. He spends hours a day either in the water or on his bicycle. It is very rare for Terence to miss a day of some form of training.
  • Terence has changed the face of Deaf sport internationally, setting a standard that other Deaf sportspeople strive to attain. Many Deaf swimmers' main goal at the Deaflympics is to beat Terence. Other regular sportsmen, such as Roland Schoeman, have commented that they do not understand the amount of training Terence is able to complete in a day, they would break under that strain.
  • In 2011, Parkin saved a young boy from drowning.

  • He has amassed more than 400 gold medals, 200 silver medals and 50 bronze medals during this time. Some of the highlights are:
  • • Sydney Olympics 2000, Silver medal 200m breast stroke
  • • 30 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 10 bronze medals at the SA National Champs between 1996 and 2006.
  • • Goodwill Games (1 gold)
  • • 2 x Commonwealth Games (Kuala Lampur and Manchester) - silver medal
  • • All Africa Games (4 gold medals, 3 records)
  • • Pan Pacific Champs (Bronze)
  • • Deaflympics, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2009: 29 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze (for cycling)
  • • Midmar Mile - two-time winner

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