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BAILEY Luke
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthTaree, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
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 when he was undergoing treatment as a child for spina bifida at John Hunter Hospital in New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia.
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Australia
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [personal]
Training Regime
He trains every day, up to three sessions a day.
General Interest
Nicknames
Startking (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In January 2018 he sustained an elbow injury which sidelined 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. He still managed to cross the line to win the event but only realised two days later that his wrist was broken and he was sidelined for six weeks. (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, Australia to start extensive training for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo with coach Andrew Dawes. Previously he travelled to Newcastle once a week to have a session with coach Dawes and then spent time training on his own at the Taree Recreation Centre in Wingham. "This is so much better. I really want to get one [qualifying] time. That will mean I won't have to go all around the country next year [in 2020] trying to qualify. 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." (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)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2019 100m T54 14.55
8 2019 Universal Relay 52.41