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HALL Brenden
Sport Swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Born27 May 1993 in Nambour, AUS
Height1.92 m
Weight 72 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Illness
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of Queensland: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age four, and began competing in 2001.
Why this sport?
"I started this sport because my parents took me to the beach a lot and I enjoyed the water. I took up swimming to make sure I was better in the water at the beach."
Club / Team
Lawnton Swim Club : Australia
Name of coach
Jacco Verhaeren [national], NED; Harley Connolly [club], AUS
International Debut
Year
2007
Competing for
Australia
Location
Darwin, NT
General Interest
Nicknames
Junior [after he called one of his swim coaches an 'old man']. (Athlete, 29 Apr 2011)
Hobbies
Playing the saxophone, spending time with his family and his dog, playing cricket. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol
Australian para-swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Perfect practice makes perfect." (paralympic.org.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
He received an Order of Australia Medal [OAM] at the 2014 Australia Day honours list ceremony. (couriermail.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)

He was named both Senior and Junior Male Athlete of the Year in 2012 by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sports Association in Australia. (sportingwheelies.org.au, 23 Nov 2012)
Impairment
He had to have his right leg amputated at age six due to complications arising from chicken pox. The condition also caused him to lose 70% of his hearing. (disability.qld.gov.au, 30 Dec 2009)
Other information
LIFEGUARD
He is a qualified surf lifesaver. (theaustralian.com.au, 16 Oct 2012)

AMBASSADOR
He is an ambassador for the Aspiration for Kids programme. (couriermail.com.au, 26 Jan 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008 400m Freestyle S9 4:22.19
6 2012 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.31
Heats 2012 100m Backstroke S9 1:06.33
1 2012 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  
1 2012 400m Freestyle S9 4:10.88
Heat 2012 50m Freestyle S9 27.27
6 2012 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:21.48
5 2012 100m Freestyle S9 57.29
3 2012 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:14.97 Q
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2010 400m Freestyle S9 4:18.2
1 2010 5km Open Water S1-S10 1:01:13.14
4 2013 100m Freestyle S9 57.66
Heats 2013 50m Freestyle S9 27.27
6 2013 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:21.19
1 2013 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.14
1 2013 400m Freestyle S9 4:09.93
4 2013 100m Butterfly S9 1:01.02
4 2013 100m Backstroke S9 1:05.40
4 2013 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:16.18
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
1 2009 400m Freestyle S9 4:11.32