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COLMAN Richard
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age34
Place of BirthStavanger, NOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Geelong, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Accountant, Athlete, Coach, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce - Deakin University: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began the sport in 1995 at the Athletics Chilwell club in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
He enjoyed competing against his friends.
Club / Team
Athletics Chilwell: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Training Regime
He trains at the Victorian Institute of Sport [VIS] in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lille, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Rich (vis.org.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mandi Cole. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol
Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei, Australian tennis player Pat Rafter, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australian rules footballer Tim Clarke. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Injuries
He suffered from chronic fatigue between 2014-2016. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 03 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (Athletics Australia, 19 Jul 2013)

He received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2004. (itsanhonour.cov.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (athletics.com.au, 19 Aug 2011)
Other information
AUSSIE RULES UMPIRE
He was the first wheelchair goal umpire to officiate in the Australian Rules football league in Geelong, VIC, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
9 2004 100m T53 15.92 
7 2004 200m T53 28.12 
6 2004 400m T53 51.68 
1 2004 800m T53 1:38.68 
2 2004 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 52.10 
5 2004 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:19.10 
4 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54  
3 2008 400m T53 48.92
2 2008 200m T53 26.71
4 2008 800m T53 1:37.49
9 2008 1500m T54 3:02.19
3 2012 400m T53 50.24
1 2012 800m T53 1:41.13
7 2012 200m T53 26.67
3 2012 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:13.42
Round 1 2016 400m T53 52.59
Round 1 2016 800m T53 1:43.79
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2002 100m T53 16.34
8 2002 200m T53 29.80
3 2002 400m T53 55.47
11 2002 800m T53 1:53.60
4 2002 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
6 2006 200m T53 27.47
11 2006 400m T53 57.57
3 2006 800m T53 1:48.02
Semifinal 2006 1500m T54 3:31.33
5 2006 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 55.75
  2006 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
1 2011 800m T53 1:41.58
4 2011 1500m T54 3:11.77
5 2011 200m T53 27.48
2 2011 400m T53 49.93
  2011 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DSQ
3 2013 400m T53 49.59
7 2013 800m T53 1:45.61
3 2013 5000m T54 10:24.09
4 2013 1500m T54 3:09.66
4 2013 4 x 400m Relay T53-54  DNF
13 2013 Marathon T54 1:42:36
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2010 1500m T54 3:20.90
4 2014 1500m T54 3:24.37