Before the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Kieren described the famous 1500 metre freestyle victory at the Barcelona Olympic Games, which saw him set a new world record, as his greatest swimming victory. In 1993 his achievements were recognised with the Young Australian of the Year Award, and the Order of Australia Medal.
Kieren Perkins’ domination of the 1500 metre freestyle event looked to be over during the run up to the Atlanta Olympics. He barely made the Olympic team and then qualified for the 1500 metre final with the slowest time. It was in the race he proved his incredible strength, determination and athleticism to the world. Blitzing the field, he won a truly memorable gold medal, his outstanding victory capturing the hearts of Australia. Following his silver medal swim at the Sydney 2000 Games, Kieren announced his retirement and moved with his family to Sydney shortly after to begin the next chapter of his life.
Since his retirement from competition Kieren has been appointed to the board of the Australian Sports Commission and has moved into the role of corporate ambassador and media personality. Kieren has just finished a series as a reporter for the Sydney based program Weekend and was seen across the nation on A Current Affair reporting from the World Swimming Championships in Fukuoka.
Perkins has recently taken on a new challenge as Head of Business Development and Acquisitions at NAB Private Wealth.
Kieren’s story of motivation, determination and success will inspire every audience.