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Darren Gardiner

Powerlifting
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Sales

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 1995.

International debut

Year
1998
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Bear [because he roars like a bear to motivate himself before he lifts] (wais.org.au, 12 Apr 2012)
Hobbies
Gardening. (paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing in front of a home crowd at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, and winning his first Paralympic medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Sep 2010; paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian Paralympic weightlifter Ray Epstein. (paralympics.org.au, 07 Sep 2010)
Injuries
He experienced injury and illness in 2010. (paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you visualise, you will materialise." (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Impairment
He had his left leg amputated below the knee at age 24 after contracting cancer. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Sep 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He thought about retiring after the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, but his coach Ray Epstein persuaded him to continue and compete at the 2012 Games in London. He announced his retirement from the sport in December 2012 after narrowly missing out on a medal in London. "I don’t think people appreciate just how good Darren is," said his former coach and fellow Paralympian Ray Epstein. "I don’t think we’ll see for a while someone lifting in Australia what he was able to lift. He’s a bit like a machine." (theaustralian.com.au, 12 Apr 2012; wais.org.au, 12 Dec 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games (Sydney, Australia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -100 kg Final Round 7
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Kuala Lumpur 2002 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 2
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's +100 kg Final Round 2012-09-05 4