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CROTHERS Rowan
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age21
Place of BirthGosford, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Communications, Public Relations - Griffith University: Nathan, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 2009.
Why this sport?
"I have always been bad at sports but I always loved swimming. I had to swim with the beginners for a very long time because the cerebral palsy affected my stroke and I got really sad having to swim with the six-year-olds when I was 10. When I saw the Paralympic Games I realised that I could be a great swimmer, just different. I want other kids with disabilities to know they can be great swimmers too."
Club / Team
Yeronga Park Swim Club: Australia
Name of coach
Robert van der Zant [club], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
International Tournament
Location
Darwin, NT, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Magnet ["I earned the nickname when I played water polo because I think on about three or four different occasions I unintentionally stopped a ball from entering the goal with my head"] (smh.com.au, 03 Apr 2014)
Hobbies
Listening to music, playing video games, watching films. (Facebook page, 04 Oct 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para sprinter Geoff Trappett. (swimming.org.au, 28 May 2014)
Awards and honours
He was named 2014 Junior Male Athlete of the Year and Senior Male Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (sportingwheelies.org.au, 21 Nov 2014)

He was named 2012/13 Best Para Swimmer by the Brisbane Swimming Association in Queensland, Australia. (Facebook page, 13 Apr 2017)

He received the 2012 YoungStar Award for Sport from North West News in Queensland, Australia. (couriermail.com.au, 16 Jun 2012)

He has been named Best Novice Athlete [2009], Most Improved Junior Athlete [2010] and Best Junior Athlete [2011] by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (Facebook page, 13 Apr 2017)
Impairment
He has cerebral palsy and chronic lung disease after being born 15 weeks prematurely. His cerebral palsy diplegia has resulted in stiffness in his lower limbs and right arm. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016; griffith.edu.au, 09 Mar 2016)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a youth ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy League in Australia. (Twitter profile, 13 Apr 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 50m Freestyle S10 24.09
5 2016 100m Freestyle S10 52.17 
6 2016 400m Freestyle S10 4:10.83
5 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.96
World Championships (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
3 2013 100m Freestyle S9 57.17
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S9 27.13
1 2013 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.14
5 2013 400m Freestyle S9 4:24.83
Heats 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:10.97
Commonwealth Games (Overall) - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m Freestyle S9 54.58