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Logan Powell



Impairment information

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

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age nine.
Why this sport?
He hated swimming at first, but his parents made him stick with it because they wanted him to build muscle and strength. Swimming was also easier on his body than other sports he was involved in like football. "It wasn't until when I was 12 that it sparked the dream. I went to one of my first junior camps and it was a lot of fun and I wanted to see where I could go. It's worth it to miss out on [everyday] things."
Club / Team
University of the Sunshine Coast [USC] Spartans: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Nathan Doyle [club]; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Logie (, 11 May 2011)
Dirt biking, bodyboarding, football. (, 10 Sep 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Standing beside Brenden Hall in a 100m backstroke final. (, 10 Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jan Cameron. (, 10 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmers Brenden Hall and Matt Cowdrey. (, 06 Apr 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Every time I dive into the pool I think this training is going to pay off someday, so just get it done." (, 04 May 2016)
Awards and honours
He was named the Multi-Class Swimmer of the Meet at the 2013 Australian School Championships in Adelaide, SA, Australia. (, 18 Sep 2013)

In 2009 he was presented the Col Webley Encouragement Award after earning Queensland representative honours in 10 years of junior swimming and athletics. (, 25 Nov 2009)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics and has set 100m, 200m, discus and long jump national junior level records in Australia. (, 02 Oct 2010)
Famous relatives
His younger sister Jorgia has competed in swimming at regional level. (, 28 Aug 2012)
He was involved in an accident with a lawn mower at age one, which resulted in his right leg being amputated below the knee. "It never held me back. I have two older brothers so I always tried to do what they did, ride motorbikes and all that sort of stuff. If I wasn't very good at something I would try my hardest to be as good as everybody else at it. If it was easy everyone would do it. So it's taken a lot of hard work behind the scenes and a lot of support from family and friends." (, 04 May 2016)
Other information
He won a bronze medal in the S9 100m backstroke event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia, which was held in an outdoor pool. He said he was used to swimming in outdoor pools as a child and felt this experience helped prepare him for the Games. "I grew up in North Queensland and there's no indoor pools and I always grew up in the outdoor pools racing. A lot of people seemed to have struggled with the backstroke but I think this could be my chance to really excel because I didn't really have a problem with it [a roofless arena]." (, 31 Aug 2018;, 04 Apr 2018)

At age 15 he moved from his hometown of Mackay, QLD, along with his family to the Sunshine Coast, QLD, on a scholarship to train under coach Jan Cameron at the University of the Sunshine Coast. "It was a very big move and a lot of stress on mum and dad and myself and the rest of the family. We were unsure whether it was going to pay off, but it did." (, 31 Aug 2016;, 04 May 2016)


Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Heat 1 2016-09-09 5
Men's 400 m Freestyle S9 Final Round 2016-09-09 7
Men's 100 m Butterfly S9 Heat 2 2016-09-15 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Heat 1 2016-09-16 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S9 Final Round 2016-09-16 8