The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games was the highlight of Teresa Perales’ career, where she won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals, including two world records. She was one of the most successful swimmers at the Games. She used to compete in karate, before she had neuropathy at the age of 19, which left her paraplegic.
She wanted to continue playing sport and chose swimming. Along with her sporting success in 2008, she also received the most votes in the IPC Athletes’ Council election and will now be member of the IPC Athlete Council for four years.