Liam Smith

Swimming

Biography

Further personal information

Residence
Australia
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
"In the beginning I took up swimming to keep my body in good shape and my muscles relaxed."
Club / Team
Swan Hills Swimming Club: Perth, WA, AUS

General interest

Awards and honours
He won a Super Series award for swimming at the annual Wheelchair Sports West Australia Sports Star of the Year awards. (wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 14 Nov 2013)

He was the winner of the 2013 Max Gerber MC Trophy, for gaining the highest point score in multi class events at the West Australian State Age & Open Championships, awarded by his Swan Hills club. (swanshillsswimmingclub.org.au, 2013; wa.swimming.org.au, 20 May 2013)
Impairment
He was diagnosed with hemiplegia [right side] when he was 12 months old. The condition causes the muscles in his body to tighten and sometimes become painful. (developingchampions.com.au, 18 May 2011)
Other information
WHEELCHAIR SPORTS
He is a member of Wheelchair Sports Western Australia [WA] Association, and helps athletes from WA to travel to national events. (inmycommunity.com, 08 Nov 2011)

RIO 2016 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD
He was selected as part of a group of young Australian athletes who are on track to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. He was one of 10 new swimmers who joined existing members in the group for a camp in late September 2013, held at the Australian Institute of Sport. (swanhillsswimmingclub.com, 2013)