Paralympian Swimmer, Alumnus Roy Perkins ’08, Receives Another Gold… The Bishop’s Medal
Bishop’s Alumnus Roy Perkins ’08, a successful two-time Paralympian swimmer, current student at Stanford University and recent recipient of the Challenged Athlete of the Year Award, spoke at Bishop’s on Monday, Feb. 27 as an Endowed Leadership Lecture Series speaker.
Roy’s talk kicked off Acceptance Week, a week of activities focused on acceptance and kindness, organized by Peer Support in conjunction with the School’s affinity groups. He spoke about his time at Bishop’s, his supportive family and friends, overcoming life’s obstacles and swimming in the Paralympics.
Being born without hands or feet has never stopped Roy from doing the things he loves. He learned to swim at age 12 and trained till he reached the top. He received a gold and a bronze medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, two silver and two bronze medals at the 2012 Paralympics in London and one gold and one silver medal at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.
As he is an amazing and inspirational person, it’s no surprise that Roy is such an accomplished and recognized individual. His accolades are well deserved, and to honor his determination, Head of School Aimeclaire Roche presented him with another gold medal for his impressive collection… The Bishop’s Medal!
Click here for the video recording of Roy’s talk. Photos from Roy's visit can be found on Flickr.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.