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DUKE Gareth
Sport Para swimming
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age32
Place of BirthCwm-brān, WAL
Height1.40 m
Weight 60 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
S6, SB6, SM6
Further Personal Information
Residence
Cwm-brān, WAL
Occupation
Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began about age eight.
Club / Team
Swansea Performance: Swansea, WAL
Name of coach
Billy Pye
Coach from which country?
Wales
Training Regime
He trains twice a day, six days a week in Swansea.
General Interest
Nicknames
Doofy, Boyo, Gaz, Wee-Man (sportcentric.com, 18 Jan 2010; cwmbran.info, 18 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Watching television, listening to music, reading books. (paralympics.org.uk, 18 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (Swimming.org, 19 Aug 2010)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Swimming.org, 19 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe. (paralympics.org.uk, 18 Jan 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard, keep fit and healthy and look after your health." (Swimming.org, 19 Aug 2010)
Awards and honours
He set the world record in the SB6 100m breaststroke when he won gold at the 2006 World Championships in Durban, South Africa, a feat made more remarkable by the fact that he was coming back from a kidney transplant. (paralympics.org.uk, 18 Jan 2010)
Famous relatives
His cousin Kyron Duke competes internationally in the javelin and shot put. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 27 Aug 2012)
Impairment
He has achondroplasia. He has only 20% of his hearing and has asthma. (beijing2008.community.sequence.co.uk, 18 Jan 2010; southwalesargus.co.uk, 27 Aug 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He had to give up swimming, and his goal of competing at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, due to a second failed kidney transplant. He was initially given a kidney by his father in 2006, but it failed and forced him to go on dialysis during the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. He then received a second kidney, this time from his uncle, in 2010. However, it stopped working in July 2011. Duke then decided it was time to retire from swimming. (southwalesargus.co.uk, 27 Aug 2012)


Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
13 2004 100m Freestyle S6 1:18.20
1 2004 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:29.93
3 2004 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:37.20
6 2004 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:57.06
2 2008 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:28.20
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2002 100m Breaststroke SB5 1:38.37
3 2002 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points 2:45.09
9 2006 50m Freestyle S6 35.04
6 2006 400m Freestyle S6 5:41.58
1 2006 100m Breaststroke SB6 1:27.04
3 2006 200m Individual Medley SM6 2:56.64
  2006 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 20 Points  DSQ
3 2006 4 x 50m Medley Relay 20 Points 2:51.59