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Australia's Blake Cochrane celebrates on the podium at Rio 2016

Blake Cochrane

Swimming
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S8, SB7, SM8

Further personal information

Family
Wife Lauren, son Eli [2019]
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - University of the Sunshine Coast [USC]: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried swimming at age two, and played a number of different sports as a child including football, cricket and Australian rules football. He began swimming competitively at age 16.
Why this sport?
His parents encouraged him to try the sport to help improve his asthma.
Club / Team
University of the Sunshine Coast [USC] Spartans: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Nathan Doyle [club], AUS

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Ice Man (sportrec.qld.gov.au, 16 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Scuba diving, free diving, watching cricket, rugby. (Twitter profile, 08 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (funkytrunks.com, 16 Oct 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (sportrec.qld.gov.au, 16 Mar 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist, Australian swimmer Grant Hackett. (sportrec.qld.gov.au, 16 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The best way that I've adapted to doing things is by finding my own way to do it, and so it's just a process of working through what I can do and what I can't do and finding a way to do it. I've never come across something I can't do." (couriermail.com.au, 08 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of the gold medal he won at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (aquaticcentre.com.au, 22 Oct 2014)

He was named the Sunshine Coast's Sports Star of the Year for 2013. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 01 Feb 2014)

In 2011 he won Swimming Australia's Swimmer with a Disability of the Year Award. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Jan 2012)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 04 Apr 2018)
Impairment
He was born without fingers and toes. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Jan 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2
Men's 100 m Backstroke S8 Heat 2 6
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2012-09-01 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2012-09-01 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2012-09-03 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-03 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final Round 2012-09-05 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2012-09-06 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2012-09-06 8
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2013-08-13 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Heat 1 2013-08-13 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2013-08-13 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM8 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-17 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2013-08-17 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2013-08-18 6
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 2 2015-07-14 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final 1 2015-07-14 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-16 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-17 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 2015-07-18 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2015-07-19 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Final 1 2015-07-19 5
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Heat 2 2016-09-08 4
Men's 400 m Freestyle S8 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Final Round 2016-09-10 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB7 Heat 1 2016-09-10 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-11 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2016-09-14 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S8 Heat 1 2016-09-16 4