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Grant Patterson

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S3, SB2, SM3

Further personal information

Residence
Cairns, QLD, AUS
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 11.
Why this sport?
He discovered that it was the best sport for him to compete in with his impairment. "I wanted to play cricket or football because that's what all boys want to do. But as I got older, I was competitive and realised I couldn't really play cricket or AFL [Australian rules football] with the boys my age because I'm this tall and they're that tall, so we gave swimming a go. Seeing all these people with missing limbs and seeing a whole team environment was pretty cool and I think that's what started that little fire in my head."
Club / Team
Central Cairns: Australia
Name of coach
Herbie Howard [club], AUS, from 2007
Training Regime
He does nine sessions in the pool and two gym sessions per week.

General interest

Nicknames
Scooter [because he uses a scooter to get around]. (adelaidenow.com.au, 22 Mar 2012)
Hobbies
Scuba diving, spear-fishing, quad biking. (abc.net.au, 07 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (abc.net.au, 07 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian rugby league player Billy Slater. (paralympic.org.au 24 Aug 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Everything I do in life I like to give it 158% and do my best at it and that way you live a long and prosperous life." (abc.net.au, 07 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Sportsperson of the Year at the 2021 Cairns Regional Council Australia Day Awards. (Instagram profile, 26 Jan 2021; Central Cairns Swimming Facebook page, 25 Jan 2021)

In 2014 he was named Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year by Swimming Australia. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 22 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (abc.net.au, 07 Sep 2019)
Impairment
He was born with diastrophic dysplasia and is a person of short stature. "I remember when I first started swimming the doctors were like, 'If you want to live a good life you probably should back it down to two sessions a week'. If I want to do something with swimming, I can't sit there and do two sessions a week. I have to train a lot. So I chose the risky option. I'm falling apart slowly [speaking in 2019], my hips are starting to play up. My shoulders are actually good." (abc.net.au, 07 Sep 2019; cairns.com.au, 03 Mar 2010)
Other information
POSTPONED RETIREMENT
He initially planned to retire after the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and chose to remain in the sport to compete for a medal at the rearranged event. "At the moment [the Paralympic Games are] still going ahead and fingers crossed that it does. I have that crazy little bug inside me that doesn't stop training, and also the dream of one day putting that Paralympic medal on my resume. I knew eventually, as long as we're still on this earth, [the pandemic] would all die down, the Paralympics would eventually happen, and I wanted to be racing fit, ready to rock and roll. 2024 [Paralympic Games] in France will be on the cards if Tokyo doesn't happen." (abc.net.au, 29 Jan 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Swimming World Championships Eindhoven 2010 (Eindhoven, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 2 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final Round 4
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 5
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final Round 7
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final Round 2012-08-30 8
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Heat 1 2012-08-30 4
Men's 50 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-08-31 7
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Heat 2 2012-09-02 4
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final Round 2012-09-02 6
Men's 100 m Freestyle S4 Heat 2 2012-09-05 8
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 1 2012-09-08 4
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Intermediate Time 2013-08-12 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Intermediate Time 2013-08-12 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-12 5
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2013-08-13 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2013-08-15 4
Men's 100 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2013-08-16 3
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2013-08-17 2
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-13 6
Men's 200 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-13 5
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Heat 1 2015-07-13 7
Mixed 4x50 m Freestyle 20pts Final 1 2015-07-13 8
Men's 150 m Individual Medley SM3 Final 1 2015-07-15 2
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Heat 2 2015-07-16 7
Men's 50 m Freestyle S3 Final 1 2015-07-16 6
Men's 50 m Breaststroke SB2 Final 1 2015-07-17 5
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Final 1 2015-07-18 6
Men's 50 m Backstroke S3 Heat 2 2015-07-18 6