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Liam Schluter

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S14, SB14, SM14

Further personal information

Residence
Blackall, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim at age two at Kawana Aquatic Centre in Queensland, Australia, and began competing in 2009.
Why this sport?
He also played rugby league, tennis, football, golf and indoor cricket as a child, but at age 10 followed his sister and joined swimming squads training.
Club / Team
Kawana Waters Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Michael Sage [club], AUS; Nathan Doyle [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Hobbies
Fishing, crabbing, bodyboarding at the beach, travelling, off-road vehicles. (Instagram profile, 27 Sep 2020; swimming.org.au, 15 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning his first international gold medals in the 400m and 1500m freestyle at the 2015 Global Games in Ecuador, winning bronze in the 200m freestyle at the 2016 British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow, Scotland, and competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents, and coach Michael Sage. (gc2018.com, 02 Mar 2018; Sunshine Coast Council Facebook page, 05 Apr 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey, Australian rugby league players Justin Hodges and Corey Parker. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to his favourite songs prior to racing. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named 2019 Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Person of the Year in Australia. (kawanawaters.swimming.org.au, 08 Feb 2020)

In May 2019 he was inducted as a life member of the Kawana Waters Swimming Club in Australia. (Instagram profile, 22 May 2019)
Famous relatives
His cousin Scott Hillier has hosted the Australian outdoor adventure television programme 'Creek to Coast'. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He was born with an intellectual impairment. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S14 Heat 2 2016-09-08 7
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Heat 2 2016-09-11 1
Men's 200 m Freestyle S14 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 Heat 1 2016-09-14 8
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Heat 1 2016-09-17 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM14 Final Round 2016-09-17 7