Although still new to the Para-athletics track, Chad ‘White Tiger’ Perris previewed his Paralympic potential at the 2013 IPC World Para-athletics Championships in Lyon, France, where he broke the 200m national and Oceanian records, the Australian record having stood for 28 years.

Born with albinism affecting the pigment in his eyes, skin and hair, Chad only began competing in athletics as a way of keeping fit during the AFL off-season. Never having considered a pathway in Para-athletics, it was only after joining Perth’s North Beach Athletics club that he shifted his attention to qualification for the Paralympic Games.

Since his stellar debut for Australia in 2013, Chad has continued to make waves, and in 2014 he was nominated alongside Paralympic powerhouses Kurt Fearnley and Michael Roeger for Athletics Australia’s Male Para-athlete of the Year award.

After relocating to Canberra to train under world-renowned coach Iryna Dvoskina, Chad has continued his …

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Date of birth
15 June 1992
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Albinism
How acquired
Bruce, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze in the 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio

Greatest sporting moments

Placing fifth in the 100m sprint at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France

Heroes/role models

Evan O'Hanlon


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T13

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