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Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
Place of BirthTemora, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
T63, F63
Further Personal Information
Partner Vanessa Low
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Athlete, Motivational Speaker, Student
English, German
Higher education
Design and Technology - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics in 2008 at age 18.
Why this sport?
He was involved in both running and water skiing, until he received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] for running. At this point he chose to focus on athletics.
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national], UKR
General Interest
Reardo (Twitter profile, 17 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
Coach Iryna Dvoskina, and his family. (, 15 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para athletes Heath Francis and Evan O'Hanlon, his brother Phil, Ukranian Para athletics coach Iryna Dvoskina, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (, 05 Feb 2012;, 20 Sep 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I would rather try and fail than wonder if I can do it." (, 08 Nov 2010)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 he received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of him winning a gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 28 Jan 2017)

He was the 2007 Commonwealth Government Sport Achiever award winner. (, 08 Nov 2010)

He was named the Colamon Sportsperson of the Year for 2006. (, 08 Nov 2010)

He was the 2005 Temora and District Junior Sportsperson of the Year in Australia. (, 08 Nov 2010)
Other sports
He has competed in water skiing and won world titles in 2007 and 2009. (, 30 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
His partner Vanessa Low has represented Germany in Para athletics. She won gold in the T42 long jump and silver in the T42 100m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. His uncle Steve Reardon played professional rugby league [13-a-side] for the Canterbury Bulldogs in Australia. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Dec 2018;, 10 May 2016; Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
He lost his right leg at age 12 as the result of a farm accident. He was on his way to football training when his shoelace became entangled in the driveshaft of a tractor. He had to have his right leg amputated at the knee. He learned to walk again after several months of recovery. (, 05 Mar 2013;, 30 Aug 2012;, 08 Nov 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2012 200m T42 26.03
2 2012 100m T42 12.43
1 2016 100m T42 12.26
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2011 200m T42 28.39
4 2011 100m T42 13.45
  2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
2 2013 200m T42 25.29
1 2013 100m T42 12.68
1 2015 100m T42 12.13
4 2015 200m T42 25.43
1 2017 100m T42 12.21