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Sport Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Australia   
Place of BirthPerth, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
S11, SB11, SM11
Further Personal Information
Wife Heidi
Perth, WA, AUS
Massage Therapist
Higher education
Massage Therapy - Central Institute of Technology: Perth, WA, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 2003.
Why this sport?
He played water polo before he lost his vision and wanted a different sport to play.
Club / Team
Canning Lightning [AUS] / South Shore Swimming Club [AUS]:
Name of coach
Brendan Keogh [national], AUS; Kareena Preston [personal]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
General Interest
Watching movies. (Facebook page, 24 Aug 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete at the 2004 Paralympic Games, after only being active in competitive swimming for 10 months. (, 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and his wife. (, 2016)
Hero / Idol
His sisters. (, 29 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
He received the 2011 Paul Goodman Memorial Award for Courage. (Facebook page, 22 Jul 2014)

He received the 2010 Pride of Australia Courage Award. (Facebook page, 22 Jul 2014)

He participated in the Queen's Baton Relay in the lead-up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (, 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in para-triathlon at international level. He finished eighth at the 2013 World Championships in London, England. (, 2016)
He began to lose his sight at age 15 as a result of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. (Facebook page, 24 Aug 2016)
Other information
In 2015 his impairment classification was changed from S12 to S11 due to worsening vision. "Dropping down to S11 means I have to race with blacked out goggles because I'm also competing against guys that are totally blind. That does slow me down a bit but if I can get back to my best ever time that would be a world record." (, 09 Aug 2016)

He took a break from swimming after competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He returned to the pool in 2011 after realising that he missed the sport. (, 24 Jul 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
12 2004 400m Freestyle S12 5:12.70
6 2004 100m Backstroke S12 1:08.12
15 2004 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:22.69
14 2008 50m Freestyle S12 27.58
7 2008 100m Backstroke S12 1:06.32
10 2008 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:19.96
8 2012 100m Backstroke S12 1:07.11
Heats 2012 50m Freestyle S12 28.77
Heats 2012 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:24.19
5 2016 100m Backstroke S11 1:09.11
14 2016 50m Freestyle S11 29.61 
Heats 2016 100m Freestyle S11 1:06.72
ParaPan American Games - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
  2003 50m Freestyle S12 29.61
1 2003 100m Freestyle S12 1:05.35
1 2003 400m Freestyle S12 5:15.70
1 2003 100m Backstroke S12 1:12.05
1 2003 200m Individual Medley SM12 2:46.39
World Championships - Para swimming
Rank Year Event Result
11 2006 50m Freestyle S12 27.74
5 2006 100m Backstroke S12 1:05.93
6 2006 100m Breaststroke SB12 1:19.81