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DISKEN Timothy
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age22
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S9, SB8, SM9
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Caitlyn Jayde
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age 10 in Glen Waverley, VIC, Australia, and began competing in 2008.
Why this sport?
He initially took up the sport as therapy for his cerebral palsy, but he soon began competing. "When I got classified [as a Para swimmer], the goals just shot up because I started making national times and breaking Australian age records."
Club / Team
Presbyterian Ladies' College [PLC] Aquatic Centre: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [personal], UKR
Training Regime
He trains 30 hours per week at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Pan Pacific Championships
Location
Pasadena, CA, USA
General Interest
Nicknames
Tim, Disko (Facebook profile, 17 May 2017)
Hobbies
Modifying his car, playing the piano, producing house music. (Twitter profile, 17 May 2017; paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Most influential person in career
Australian Para swimmers Matthew Cowdrey and Matt Levy. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If you have a goal, try as hard as you can to achieve it." (heraldsun.com.au, 14 Nov 2014)
Awards and honours
In January 2017 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of his gold medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

He was named Senior Sports Star of the Year at the 2016 Leader Sports Star Awards in Australia. (heraldsun.com.au, 23 Nov 2016)

In 2016 he had the swimming pool at Glenallen School in Waverley, VIC, Australia, named in his honour. He studied at the school from 2011 to 2015. (paralympic.org, 09 Nov 2016)

He was named Junior Sports Star of the Year by Australian newspaper Waverley Leader in 2013 and 2014. (heraldsun.com.au, 14 Nov 2014)
Famous relatives
His older brother Jeff has played water polo at state level in Australia. (sportingpulse.com, 22 Aug 2012)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy affecting both sides of his body, with the left side worse than the right side. (paralympic.org.au, Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:17.72 
1 2016 100m Freestyle S9 56.23
2 2016 50m Freestyle S9 25.99 
5 2016 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:51.96
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Heats 2015 100m Backstroke S9 1:08.86
5 2015 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:14.59
4 2015 50m Freestyle S9 26.77
3 2015 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points  
6 2015 400m Freestyle S9 4:35.48
4 2015 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  
7 2015 200m Individual Medley SM9 2:26.22
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 100m Freestyle S9 56.07
1 2018 100m Breaststroke SB8 1:12.42