Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Albinism
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
June 15, 1992
Home
Port Headland, ACT
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2012
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Evan O'Hanlon

Career Highlights

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships and placing 5th in the 100m

Greatest Moment

Placing 5th in the 100m at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships

Bio

Although still new to the track, Chad Perris previewed his Paralympic potential at his first international competition, the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships. There he placed 5th in the 100m sprint, less than 0.05 seconds from a podium finish, and broke the 200m national and Oceanic records – the Australian record had stood for 28 years.

Born with albinism affecting the pigment in his eyes, skin and hair, Chad has always been an avid sports fan and turned to athletics as a way of keeping fit during the AFL off-season. Having never considered a pathway in Para-athletics, it was only when he joined his home club in Perth, North Beach Athletics, that he shifted his focus to the Paralympic Games.

Since his stellar debut for Australia, Chad has continued to display his ambition and desire to win. At the 2014 Australian Athletics Championships, Chad ran an impressive 100m race that ultimately helped to secured him the number one world ranking. That same year he was nominated for the Athletics Australia 2014 Male Para-athlete of the Year award alongside Paralympic champions, Kurt Fearnley and Michael Roeger.

After relocating to Canberra to train under well-renowned coach, Iryna Dvoskina, Chad set his sights on selection for the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team. He went one further when he crossed for bronze in the 100m sprint.

In setting his goals, Chad doesn’t have to look far for inspiration. Naming five-time Paralympic gold medallist and fellow training squad member, Evan O’Hanlon, as his greatest role model, Chad hopes to emulate Evan’s success, breaking multiple world records and cementing himself at the top of his sport.

However, the ‘White Tiger’ admits that he has had his fair share of blunders on the track. He recalls his most embarrassing moment occurred in a post-race celebration, when he went to fist bump a friend but instead fell over and scraped the skin off his hand!

In 2009 Chad completed a Certificate IV in Sport Development and Athlete Services, and hopes to one day pursue a career in sports administration. Off the track, he spends his time watching sport.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T13