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PERALES Teresa
Sport Para swimming
NPC Spain   
GenderWomen
Age41
Place of BirthZaragoza, ESP
Height1.62 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S5, SB4, SM5
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Mariano Menor, son Mariano
Residence
Zaragoza, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Coach, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age 19.
Why this sport?
She started by chance, as she liked the independence and weightless feeling of being in the water. It was also cheaper than athletics.
Club / Team
Club Deportivo ASSER: Spain
Name of coach
Angel Santamaria Cuevas [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Spain
Location
New Zealand
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, watching and playing sport, listening to music, spending time with family. (Facebook page, 27 Jul 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the S5 100m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her coach and her teammates. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Hero / Idol
Russian swimmer Alexander Popov, Spanish basketballer Pau Gasol, Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. (Athlete, 12 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She suffered two herniated discs towards the end of 2016. (heraldo.es, 15 Aug 2017)

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 2017 she received the Gold Medal for Merit at Work from the Spanish government. (as.com, 27 Jul 2017; teresaperales.fundaciontelefonica.com, 23 Jun 2017)

In 2015 she became the first Para athlete to receive the Premio Leyenda [Legend Award] from the Spanish sports newspaper Marca. (fundaciontelefonica.com, 29 Sep 2015)

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 the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete of the Month for September 2008. (paralympic.org, 20 May 2010)
Other sports
She competed in karate prior to her swimming career. (paralympic.org, 20 May 2010)
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
OTHER ACITIVITIES
She has served as a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athletes' Council. She also worked as an ambassador for Madrid's bid for the 2016 Olympic Games. (paralympic.org, 29 Apr 2016; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jun 2016)

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. (LinkedIn profile, 2014; estoesdxt.es, 09 Nov 2011)

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
2 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:50.91
5 2016 50m Butterfly S5 47.36 
4 2016 50m Freestyle S5 38.13 
2 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:36.14
1 2016 50m Backstroke S5 43.03 
2 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:20.47 
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
2 2017 100m Freestyle S5 1:23.29
2 2017 50m Backstroke S5 45.76
1 2017 50m Freestyle S5 37.47
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
2 2016 50m Butterfly S5 46.14
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM5 3:41.53
3 2016 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:49.70
2 2016 200m Freestyle S5 2:58.01
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB4 2:03.15
1 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 4:34.68
1 2016 50m Backstroke S5 43.50
5 2016 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:37.66
1 2016 100m Freestyle S5 1:21.97
1 2016 50m Freestyle S5 38.01
4 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 5:15.26