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ROEGER Michael
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthAdelaide, AUS
Height1.79 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Information Technology
Languages
English
Higher education
Advertising, Communications, Marketing - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running in 1999 when he was at school in Langhorne Creek, SA, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after listening to Australian Para sprinter Neil Fuller give a talk about Para sports at his school.
Name of coach
Philo Saunders, AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing golf and Australian rules football. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the T46 1500m world record in Boston, MA, United States of America. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Philo Saunders. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010; Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para sprinter Neil Fuller, Moroccan runner Hicham El Guerrouj, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010; Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Injuries
He suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding while competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The illness forced him to withdraw mid-race during the T46 800m second heat at the Games. (canberratimes.com.au, 2016; victorharbortimes.com.au, 06 Feb 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and your time will come." (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year in Strathalbyn, SA, Australia. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 06 Feb 2017)

He was named the 2014 Male Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Australia. (canberratimes.com.au, 24 Oct 2014)
Other sports
He has played Australian rules football for the Langhorne Creek Hawks, a team from his hometown in South Australia. (victoriaharbortimes.com.au, 25 Sep 2008)
Impairment
He was born without the lower half of his right arm. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Other information
RACING AGAINST HIS COACH
At the 2014 Australian Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, he raced against able-bodied athletes and one of them was his coach Philo Saunders. In the qualifying heat he finished seventh and Saunders made fourth place. (smh.com.au, 04 Apr 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 1500m T46 3:59.21
11 2008 5000m T46 15:36.95
11 2008 800m T46 2:00.40
Round 1 2012 800m T46  DNF
3 2016 1500m T46 4:01.34
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011 1500m T46 4:02.71
4 2011 800m T46 1:55.54
  2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
3 2013 5000m T46 15:13.98
3 2013 1500m T46 4:06.74
3 2015 1500m T46 3:57.91