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William Martin

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Classification
S9, SB9, SM9

Further personal information

Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Urban Planning - Queensland University of Technology: Brisbane, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para swimming in 2007 in Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
"After I had a stroke I found swimming helped with my movement."
Club / Team
St Joseph's Nudgee College: Boondall, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
David Proud [club], AUS; Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Nicknames
Will (St. Joseph's Nudgee College Newsletter, 25 Nov 2016)
Hobbies
Carpentry. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to represent the Australian national team in 2019. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds. (Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward." (swimming.org.au, 27 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2022 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of his services to sport. (paralympic.org.au, 26 Jan 2022)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of a stroke he suffered in 2007. He has a vision impairment, and his hand also shakes. (Instagram profile, 01 Mar 2020; Athlete, 12 Sep 2019)
Other information
SWIM COACH
He worked as an introductory swim coach at St. Joseph's Nudgee College in Boondall, QLD, Australia, between March 2018 and March 2021. (LinkedIn profile, 01 May 2022)