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PERALES Teresa
Sport Swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderWomen
Age39
Place of BirthZaragoza, ESP
Height1.62 m
Weight 51 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Mariano Menor, one son
Residence
Zaragoza, ESP
Occupation
Coach, Consultant, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 19 after developing neuropathy in 1996.
Why this sport?
She started by chance, as she liked the independence and weightless feeling of being in the water, and because it was cheaper than athletics.
Club / Team
Club Deportivo ASSER: Spain
Name of coach
Angel Santamaria Cuevas [personal], since 2000; Jose Luis Vaquero [national], ESP
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Spain
Location
New Zealand
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 100m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her coach and colleagues. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, Spanish basketball player Pau Gasol and Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
An illness forced her to miss the 2013 World Championships in Montreal, QC, Canada. She returned to international competition at the 2014 European Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (paralympic.org, 23 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
In April 2014 she was honoured with the Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Sporting Merit by Juan Carlos I, King of Spain. (paralympic.org, 02 Apr 2014)

She was named IPC Athlete of the Month for September 2008 for her performance in winning three gold medals at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org, 20 May 2010)
Other sports
She competed in karate prior to her swimming career. (paralympic.org, 20 May 2010)
Ambitions
To win medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (elcorreo.com, 15 May 2015)
Impairment
She lost feeling in her legs over the course of three months at age 19 due to neuropathy. (chicagotribune.com, 21 Sep 2012)
Other information
TRAINING POOL
In December 2012, the pool in which she did most of her training before competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London closed due to financial reasons. It was the only 50m pool in Zaragoza, Spain and forced her to train in a 25m pool beside members of the public, as the nearest 50m pool is 300km from Zaragoza. "In the 50m pool I had a dedicated lane to train in, but in the new 25m pool I cannot pay for that. As a result I trained in the pool alongside members of the public." (paralympic.org, 25 Feb 2013)

MATERNITY BREAK
She returned to the pool in April 2011 after taking two years' maternity leave since the 2009 European Championships in Berlin, Germany. (heraldo.es, 27 Apr 2011)

BOOKS
She and her husband, Mariano Menor, wrote a biography about her life entitled 'Mi Vida Sobre Ruedas' [My Life on Wheels]. Her second book, 'La Fuerza de un Sueno' [The Strength of a Dream] was released in 2014. (estoesdxt.es, 09 Nov 2011; LinkedIn profile, 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2000 50m Freestyle S5 38.36
3 2000 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.42 
3 2000 200m Freestyle S5 2:56.46 
3 2000 50m Backstroke S5 49.41
2 2000 50m Butterfly S5 46.56
5 2000 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:25.36
7 2000 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:48.48
3 2004 50m Freestyle S5 37.62
1 2004 100m Freestyle S5 1:19.96
3 2004 50m Backstroke S5 45.39
3 2004 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:00.93
1 2004 50m Butterfly S5 44.70
4 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 3:16.00
2 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 3:31.47
1 2008 50m Freestyle S5 35.88
1 2008 100m Freestyle S5 1:16.65
1 2008 200m Freestyle S5 2:47.47
2 2008 50m Backstroke S5 44.58
3 2008 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:01.25
13 2008 50m Butterfly S6 48.05
2 2012 50m Freestyle S5 36.50
3 2012 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:28.58
2 2012 200m Freestyle S5 2:51.79
4 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:35.09
3 2012 100m Breaststroke SB4 1:56.17
2 2012 50m Butterfly S5 42.67
5 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:06.04
1 2012 100m Freestyle S5 1:18.55
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 1998 50m Freestyle S6 38.08
2 2002 50m Freestyle S5 37.36
2 2002 100m Freestyle S5 1:20.87
3 2002 200m Freestyle S5 2:58.42
3 2002 50m Backstroke S5 45.63
2 2002 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:06.28
2 2002 50m Butterfly S5 43.47
2 2002 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:38.96
3 2006 50m Freestyle S5 39.24
3 2006 50m Backstroke S5 49.11
2 2006 50m Butterfly S5 49.46
4 2006 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:59.50
5 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:34.57
1 2015 50m Backstroke S5 44.61
5 2015 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:41.08
3 2015 200m Freestyle S5 3:03.59
2 2015 50m Butterfly S5 46.05
5 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:35.98
2 2015 50m Freestyle S5 38.59
3 2015 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:41.18
1 2015 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.77
6 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:07.20
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S5 1:20.32
1 2014 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:36.29
2 2014 50m Butterfly S5 46.88
2 2014 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:42.23
1 2014 50m Freestyle S5 37.19
2 2014 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:38.71
1 2014 50m Backstroke S5 43.87