Senior Nathan Perkinson has been involved in sports his whole life. At the age of three, he was already learning how to swim laps in a swimming pool. Perkinson has excelled in his sport of choice; breaking the school record of one minute and ten seconds in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Throughout his life, he has played baseball, wrestling, basketball, football, track and golf. Growing up in California, Perkinson enjoyed playing basketball but grew out of it and began taking swim seriously when he moved to Winnemucca.
Perkinson role models are his parents.
“I’ve always looked up to my mom and what she’s done in her past, when she swam. I’ve looked up to her and my older sister; when she started swimming,” said Perkinson.
Throughout his passion and love for swim he had a lot of motivation.
“I just learned to love it. I wasn’t really pushed by my parents, but they gave me the choice until I got older. When I was little, it was my choice whether I wanted to swim or not, until I got into high school. They wanted me to play a sport; I chose swim,” he said.
Perkinson tried a variety of sports throughout his life.
“Football I started freshman year, wrestling I started when I was in seventh grade. I started track in fifth grade, but most of the sports I started playing in my middle school to high school years," said Perkinson.
As a kid he enjoyed swimming because of the motivation and support he gained but loved it because of the competition and his coach, Shelby Ruff, has seen his competitive nature.
“Nathan is highly competitive and one of those athletes who really strives for peak performance. He constantly monitors his technique, and works hard year-round both in and o-ut of the pool to be in top condition for his races,” said coach Shelby Ruff.
Breaststroke is one of his favorite techniques.
“I started focusing on breaststroke when I started my sophomore year. Before that, I didn’t focus on just one. I did all of the strokes and just did my best in them,” said Perkinson.
Perkinson is motivated to disprove people's perceptions.
“The things that motivate me are the people who tell me I can’t do something or that I’ll never be able to do something. People don’t see that passion in me, or that motivation I guess. My dad always tells me that you don’t want to have the ‘I want it now’ attitude; it’s all about patience and perseverance,” said Perkinson.
Perkinson feels that sports have a had a positive impact on him by keeping active and healthy while introducing him to new people.