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Brenden Hall

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9

Further personal information

Family
Wife Brittany
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of Queensland: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age four, and began competing in 2003.
Why this sport?
"I started this sport because my parents took me to the beach a lot and I enjoyed the water. I took up swimming to make sure I was better in the water at the beach."
Club / Team
Belgravia Swim Team: Burpengary, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2007
Competing for
Australia
Location
Darwin, NT, AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Junior [after he called one of his swim coaches an 'old man']. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
Australian cricketer Ian Healy, Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, US swimmer Michael Phelps. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2017, 01 Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Perfect practice makes perfect." (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of his service to sport. (couriermail.com.au, 25 Jan 2014)

He was named the 2012 Sporting Wheelie of the Year, Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Junior Male Athlete of the Year by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association in Queensland, Australia. (sportingwheelies.org.au, 23 Nov 2012)
Famous relatives
His younger brother Marcus has competed in swimming at national level in Australia. (Lawnton Swim Club Facebook page, 14 Feb 2016)
Impairment
His right leg was amputated at age six due to complications arising from chicken pox. The illness also caused him to lose 70% of his hearing. "They gave my parents two options, really. They said, 'We can try to thin the clot but it's going to be risking his life or, we can amputate his leg through the knee and he'll live a happy, normal life as he is'. Thankfully mum and dad made the right decision. The water's sort of my safe place. I just wanted to get in there and float and feel the water around me after I was released from the hospital. For some reason, once I did that, I felt calm. I felt normal. I felt as though nothing had changed. It's where I felt most at home and comfortable with myself." (belgravialeisure.com.au, 24 Jun 2019; disability.qld.gov.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Other information
FURTHER EDUCATION
He has studied at the Australian Catholic University. In 2020 he received an education scholarship from the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] to help fund his studies there. (ais.gov.au, 29 Oct 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 5
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 5,000 m Open Water S10 Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 1 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 1 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 2 4
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2012-08-30 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2012-08-30 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2012-08-31 3
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final Round 2012-09-02 1
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-02 3
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-04 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-04 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-05 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2012-09-06 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2012-09-06 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2012-09-07 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-12 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-12 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-13 10
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2013-08-15 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2013-08-16 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2013-08-16 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2013-08-17 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2013-08-17 6
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2013-08-18 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2013-08-18 5
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final 1 2015-07-13 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2015-07-13 2
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-14 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-16 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2015-07-16 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34pts Final 1 2015-07-17 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 1 2015-07-17 6
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final 1 2015-07-18 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2015-07-18 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final 1 2015-07-19 6
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 2 2015-07-19 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Heat 1 2016-09-11 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9 Final Round 2016-09-11 9999
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-12 1
Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-12 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-13 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2016-09-15 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Final Round 2016-09-15 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2016-09-16 2
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 4