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ROEGER Michael
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age31
Place of BirthAdelaide, AUS
Height1.79 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Advertising, Communications, Marketing - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began running in 1999 while he was at school in Langhorne Creek, SA, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after listening to Australian Para sprinter Neil Fuller give a talk about Para sport at his school.
Name of coach
Philo Saunders [personal], AUS, from 2012
Training Regime
He covers an average of 180km a week, running twice a day most days. He regularly has altitude training camps in Flagstaff, AZ, United States of America.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Hobbies
Playing golf and Australian rules football. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in his first marathon run in 2018 in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 29 Oct 2018)
Most influential person in career
His father, and coach Philo Saunders. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015; paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para sprinter Neil Fuller, Moroccan runner Hicham El Guerrouj, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015; paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Injuries
He struggled with hamstring problems throughout the 2018 season. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 29 Oct 2018)

In 2018 he was hospitalised for a week after his haemoglobin levels dropped and he needed a blood transfusion. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 29 Oct 2018)

He sustained a nerve injury to his right knee in 2017. The problem prevented him from competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (paralympic.org, 02 Apr 2019; runnerstribe.com, 25 Feb 2018)

He competed at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, with a stress fracture in his foot. (runnerstribe.com, 25 Feb 2018)

He suffered from gastrointestinal bleeding while competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The illness forced him to withdraw mid-race during the heats of the T46 800m at the Games. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 06 Feb 2017; canberratimes.com.au, 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Work hard and your time will come." (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2014 and 2018 he was named Male Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Australia. (athleticsact.org.au, 08 Apr 2019; canberratimes.com.au, 24 Oct 2014)

He was named the 2017 Young Citizen of the Year in Strathalbyn, SA, Australia. (victorharbortimes.com.au, 06 Feb 2017)
Other sports
He competed in able-bodied athletics at the 2014 Australian Championships in Melbourne, Victoria. He has also played Australian rules football for the Langhorne Creek Hawks, a team from his hometown in South Australia. (smh.com.au, 04 Apr 2014; victoriaharbortimes.com.au, 25 Sep 2008)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 28 Apr 2019)
Impairment
He was born without the lower part of his right arm. (Athlete, 24 Oct 2015)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
8 2008 1500m T46 3:59.21
11 2008 5000m T46 15:36.95
11 2008 800m T46 2:00.40
Round 1 2012 800m T46  DNF
3 2016 1500m T46 4:01.34
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
7 2011 1500m T46 4:02.71
4 2011 800m T46 1:55.54
  2011 4 x 100m Relay T42-46  DSQ
3 2013 5000m T46 15:13.98
3 2013 1500m T46 4:06.74
3 2015 1500m T46 3:57.91
2 2019 1500m T46 3:51.99
Marathon World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2019 Marathon T46 2:22:51