Chad ‘White Tiger’ Perris climbed the medal dais at his first Paralympic Games in 2016, but has plans to scale two steps higher in 2020.

The proud Western Australian won a bronze medal in the men’s 100m T13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It was a moment which Chad describes as the highlight of his career to date, and one which would not have been possible without his legendary coach, Iryna Dvoskina, who he began working with in 2014. To give you a sense of what they are capable of together, years earlier Iryna had predicted that Chad would run 10.84 in Rio, and he stopped the clock at 10.83.

Chad, who was born with albinism affecting the pigment in his eyes, skin and hair, only began competing in Para-athletics as a way of keeping fit during the AFL off-season. Fast-forward seven years, and he is now a Paralympic …

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Date of birth
15 June 1992
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Vision Impairment – Albinism, nystagmus
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Bruce, ACT
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2012
First competed for Australia
2013
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the men’s 100m T13 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Evan O'Hanlon

Disciplines

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

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