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PENDLETON Rick
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Wife Jemma, daughter Amara
Residence
Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Higher education
University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first competed in 1998.
Why this sport?
He played rugby league until age 13, but his mother kept encouraging him to try swimming.
Club / Team
University of the Sunshine Coast [USC] Spartans: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Jan Cameron [club], AUS; Brendan Keogh [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (funkita.com, 06 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (paralympic.org.au, 21 Jun 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Kieran Perkins. (paralympic.org.au, 21 Jun 2012)
Injuries
He has torn ligaments in both knees. (catholicweekly.com, 09 Nov 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It only takes a moment to lose, it takes a lifetime to forget. Even coal under pressure becomes a diamond." (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
He received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2009. (motionmagazine.com.au, 12 May 2013)
Impairment
He was born without his left hand. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is the head coach of the Flinders Swim Club in Buderim, QLD, Australia. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 14 Dec 2015)

BREAK
He took a break from the sport due to a lack of motivation after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, but eventually returned to the pool. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 08 Aug 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 100m Backstroke S10 1:11.67
7 2004 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:14.75
11 2004 100m Butterfly S10 1:06.31
4 2004 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:22.69
1 2004 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  
4 2008 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:10.88
6 2008 100m Butterfly S10 59.87
1 2008 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:12.78
1 2008 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  
3 2012 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:14.77
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S10 26.26
Heats 2012 100m Butterfly S10 1:01.30
Heats 2012 100m Freestyle S10 56.62
5 2012 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:10.96
3 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  Q
5 2016 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:08.27
10 2016 100m Butterfly S10 1:01.50 
4 2016 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:18.08 
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2002 100m Backstroke S10  DSQ
5 2002 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:15.26
9 2002 100m Butterfly S10 1:07.26
4 2002 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:24.59
15 2006 50m Freestyle S10 27.08
12 2006 100m Freestyle S10 58.19
11 2006 100m Backstroke S10 1:09.46
3 2006 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:12.34
10 2006 100m Butterfly S10 1:05.04
2 2006 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:17.99
Heats 2013 100m Freestyle S10 56.86
5 2013 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:10.14
5 2013 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.90
8 2013 100m Butterfly S10 1:01.65
4 2013 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:16.18
Heats 2015 50m Freestyle S10 26.38
5 2015 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:15.29
3 2015 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:09.04
Heats 2015 100m Butterfly S10 1:02.50
4 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:19.67
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Breaststroke SB9 1:07.94
3 2009 200m Individual Medley SM10 2:13.14
1 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:08.37