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Rick Pendleton

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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Family
Wife Jemma, daughter Amara, son Micah
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age 10 and first competed in 1998.
Why this sport?
He played rugby league until age 13, but his mother kept encouraging him to try swimming. "I grew up in a family that was rooted in rugby league culture. My school asked me if I would compete for them at a regional [swimming] championships. As a young hyperactive boy I thought, 'Yeah sure, why not?' I didn't think too much of it. A couple of weeks later, my mum got a phone call from the school, letting her know that I actually achieved a state record. So she became pretty keen on getting me in the water after that point. Soon after I realised that being good wasn't much of an option. I wanted to represent my country. I wanted to be the best."
Club / Team
Genesis Aquatic: Australia

International debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Hobbies
Playing golf, watching movies. (swimming.org.au, 15 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the 200m individual medley at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (swimming.org.au, 15 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (paralympic.org.au, 21 Jun 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Kieran Perkins. (paralympic.org.au, 21 Jun 2012)
Injuries
He has torn ligaments in both knees. (catholicweekly.com, 09 Nov 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It only takes a moment to lose, it takes a lifetime to forget. Even coal under pressure becomes a diamond." (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
He received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2009. (motionmagazine.com.au, 12 May 2013)
Impairment
He was born without his left hand. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as an assistant coach at Genesis Aquatic swimming club in Australia. (Facebook profile, 14 Dec 2019)

FAINTING SPELLS
As a teenager he would wear long-sleeve shirts to hide his left hand, even in hot Australian weather, which eventually contributed to fainting spells. "As a young boy growing up in the hustle-bustle inner city of Sydney, you are constantly faced with ever-changing cultural norms. As a person with a disability this can be even harder to navigate, as having a distinguishable difference can make you a target for ridicule and judgement. But I had a plan, I decided to put my hands in my pocket or simply wear a long sleeve jacket or shirts. It didn't pose too much of an issue in the winter. However, in the summer this was starting to cause some issues. One day I started feeling a little bit off. I wasn't sure what was going on but I understood well enough that I needed to find somewhere to sit down. The next thing I realised, I woke up on the ground looking at the roof. I got rushed to the hospital and had eight stitches put in my head. Soon after this incident my mother took me to see a doctor and they strapped an ECG machine on me that I had to wear around for 24 hours to figure out what was going on. When the results came back nothing apparent seem to show up. But the doctor said something about a 'cooked hypothalamus'. I have no idea if that is an actual condition, however still to this day I have fainting spells that can be triggered by heat, lack of food, lack of sleep, dehydration, or simply just by standing in a crowded place." (TEDx Talks YouTube channel, 25 Sep 2017)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 3
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 1
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 1
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 2 2
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heats 3
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heats 12
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 10
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heats 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 11
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heats 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heats 15
IPC Swimming World Championships Mar del Plata 2002 (Mar del Plata, Argentina)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heats 9999
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heats 9
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heats 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 4
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 Heat 2 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 7
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Final Round 1
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts Heat 1 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 4
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2012-08-30 2
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final Round 2012-08-30 3
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-08-31 6
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 3 2012-09-01 5
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 2 2012-09-06 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 3 2012-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2012-09-08 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2012-09-08 3
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Heat 2 2012-09-08 1
2013 IPC Swimming World Championships (Montreal, Canada)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2013-08-12 12
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final 1 2013-08-14 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2013-08-14 3
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 2 2013-08-15 7
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2013-08-15 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2013-08-16 8
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Final 1 2013-08-16 8
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2013-08-18 4
2015 IPC Swimming World Championships (Glasgow, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 50 m Freestyle S10 Heat 1 2015-07-13 11
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Final 1 2015-07-14 5
Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM10 Heat 1 2015-07-14 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final 1 2015-07-15 3
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 2 2015-07-15 4
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 2 2015-07-17 9
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final 1 2015-07-18 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Heat 1 2016-09-08 2
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB9 Final Round 2016-09-08 5
Men's 100 m Butterfly S10 Heat 1 2016-09-12 5
Men's 4x100 m Medley 34pts Final Round 2016-09-17 4