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Rohan Bright

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
His doctor recommended swimming as a form of therapy. He was also inspired to pursue sports by his cousin Torah Bright, who won medals in snowboard at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014.
Club / Team
Barker Aquatic Swim Club: Hornsby, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
James Harnett [club]; Haydn Belshaw [club]

General interest

Nicknames
Brighty (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hobbies
Photography. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning five gold medals at the 2017 World Dwarf Games in Guelph, ON, Canada, and making the final at the 2017 Australian Swimming Championships. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian snowboarder [and his cousin] Torah Bright. (prn.org.au, 01 May 2018)
Injuries
In 2015 he had major hip surgery and was out of the pool for six months. (prn.org.au, 01 May 2018)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before he competes. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Awards and honours
He was named Sportsman of the Year in 2016 by St Leo's Catholic College in Sydney, NSW, Australia. (stleos.nsw.edu.au, 23 Sep 2016)
Other sports
He has competed in Para athletics, winning three medals at the 2015 Australian Junior Championships. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 24 Mar 2015)
Famous relatives
His cousin Torah Bright has represented Australia in snowboard at the Olympic Winter Games, winning gold at the 2010 Games in Vancouver and silver four years later in Sochi. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (gc2018.com, 01 Jan 2018)
Impairment
He has hypochondroplasia and was also diagnosed with a condition called juvenile arthritis at age eight, which affected his autoimmune system. From a young age he has had physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and regular injections into his joints to ease the pain and allow increased movement. (prn.org.au, 01 May 2018; dailytelegraph.com.au, 24 Mar 2015)