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Luke Bailey

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - TAFE: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up wheelchair racing competitively in 2011.
Why this sport?
He became interested in the sport as a child when he was undergoing treatment for spina bifida at John Hunter Hospital in New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia.
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [personal]

General interest

Nicknames
Startking (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para athlete Kurt Fearnley. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In January 2018 he sustained an elbow injury that prevented him from competing at the national trials for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (manningrivertimes.com.au, 27 Jun 2018; manningrivertimes.com.au, 16 Feb 2018)

In January 2015 he broke his wrist competing in a 10km event in Sydney, NSW, Australia, and was sidelined for six weeks. He still managed to win the race, and only realised the severity of the injury two days later. (manningrivertimes.com.au, 02 Sep 2015; winghamchronicle.com.au, 20 Jul 2015)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jun 2019)
Impairment
He was born with spina bifida. (manningrivertimes.com.au, 02 Sep 2015)
Other information
TRAINING FOR TOKYO
In 2019 he relocated from Wingham, NSW, Australia, to Newcastle, NSW, to start intensive training for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo with coach Andrew Dawes. Previously he only travelled to Newcastle once a week for a session with Dawes, mostly training on his own at the Taree Recreation Centre in Wingham. "This is so much better. We've got a quick team. I think we'll have a good chance, so there'll be some pressure on me. I've been to Japan once, I finished ninth [at the 2014 International Wheelchair Half Marathon], just behind the main bunch, so I'm hoping to improve." (NBN Television Facebook page, 19 May 2020; manningrivertimes.com.au, 04 Oct 2019; manningrivertimes.com.au, 27 Jun 2018; manningrivertimes.com.au, 16 Feb 2018; Wheelchair Sports NSW Facebook page, 20 Nov 2014)