Inspirational, motivational, and with life experiences the average person will only dream about, record breaking swimmer Kieren Perkins is a fantastic addition to any event. Well-travelled, humble, and full of stories, he is loved by audiences at small and large gatherings alike.
World-renowned swimmer and heart-throb of Australia, Perkins broke over 40 Australian swimming records and 12 world records in his career. He was the first person, man or woman, to hold the Olympic, World, Commonwealth, and Pan Pacific Championship titles simultaneously, and the youngest person to break the 15-minute barrier for the 1500m.
Lauded for his athletic prowess, Perkins’ story is one of triumph. His love of swimming came about at the young age of 8 during physical therapy, as he worked to recover from a serious injury to his leg. While his leg healed, he kept swimming, with coaches noticing his unique potential at the young age of 13.
Considered one of the best long-distance swimmers in the world, Perkins broke the 800m freestyle world record in 1991 and the 400m and 1500m freestyle world records at the 1992 Olympic Trials. The following year, he went on to break short course world records for the 800m and 1500m and to win three gold medals at the Pan Pacific Championships. Not one to rest on his laurels, Perkins went on to win the 200m, 400m, 1500m, and the 4 person 200m relay at the 1994 Commonwealth Games.
Kieren Perkins Olympic record is unmatched, winning Gold in the 1500m Freestyle in 1992 (Barcelona), 1996 (Atlanta) and Silver in 2000 (Sydney)
Since retiring from Swimming, Perkins held senior positions as a director of both Pain Australia and RogenSI. in 2012, Perkins was appointed as NAB's Private Wealth Queensland State Manager. Prior to this role he was head of private clients and business development for NAB Private Wealth in Queensland. Perkins' "proven leadership abilties" were the catalyst of his appointment and he has an extremely bright commercial future ahead of him.
Perkins still remains a board member for Swimming Australia and has been involved as a director for the Starlight Children's Foundation for over 12 years. Perkins is the loving father of three children.
“Very good and had lots of great feedback from attendees. Lovely guy"
The Property Council of Australia
The theme of our Conference was “Destination: Excellence" and we chose Kieren Perkins to speak because of what he had achieved as one of Australia’s greatest sporting heroes. Kieren’s presentation was absorbing & engaging, and he had an excellent ability to draw parallels between success in sport and in business. All of our delegates got to know the man who is Kieren Perkins, not just hear of his achievements. 5 stars!
LEAGUES CLUB AUSTRALIA