Dervish Konuralp

Paralympic Swimmer

Konuralp was born in Hackney to a Turkish Cypriot father and an English mother. At the age of nine, Dervis was diagnosed with an eye condition called Macular Dystrophy Stratgarts, which meant that he was losing the use of his central vision in both eyes. After learning of his visual impairment, Konuralp began to learn how to swim with his primary school. Dervis would go on to compete for Hackney in the London Youth Games as a visually impaired disability swimmer.

Konuralp's swimming career has seen him represent Great Britian in four Paralympic Games. The first of which was at the age of only 15 years old, at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games. Konuralp has also competed at three World Championships and four European Championships, winning a total of 35 major international medals, 14 of which Gold. He became World Champion and World record holder at just 17 years of age.

Konuralp is a London 2012 Olympic and 2012 Paralympic Ambassador. As part of this role, Konuralp delivers motivational keynote speeches in various environments. These include schools, sports clubs, after dinner events and corporate events.

He is a member of the London Youth Games Hall of Fame from 2009.

Konuralp graduated from City University (University of London) in Computer Science (BSc).


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