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LEEK Peter
Sport Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age30
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Weight 76 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Consultant
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age four.
Why this sport?
He took up swimming after he was told it would be good therapy for his impairment.
Name of coach
Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Durban, RSA
General Interest
Nicknames
Pipes (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Most influential person in career
His friends. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Hero / Idol
Australian Paralympic swimmer Ben Austin and US swimmer Michael Phelps. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve." (ausport.gov.au, 31 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours
In 2010 he was named Australia's Multi-Class Swimmer of the Year. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010)

In 2009 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] for service to sport as a gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 31 Dec 2009)

He was named the Hawkesbury Sportsperson of the Year in 2008 and 2009, the first athlete to receive the award in two consecutive years. (hawkesburygazette.com.au, 26 Aug 2009)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
He is a committee member for the Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT organisation in Australia. (Linkedin profile, 15 May 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 50m Freestyle S8 26.89
3 2008 100m Freestyle S8 59.14
2 2008 400m Freestyle S8 4:31.16
2 2008 100m Backstroke S8 1:07.28
1 2008 100m Butterfly S8 1:00.95
1 2008 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:20.92
2 2008 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:53.59
1 2008 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2006 400m Freestyle S8 4:47.25
1 2006 100m Backstroke S8 1:09.54
2 2006 100m Butterfly S8 1:03.03
2 2006 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:29.06
1 2006 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:22.09
2 2010 100m Backstroke S8 1:05.56
1 2010 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:21.84
1 2010 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points 3:48.72
1 2010 50m Freestyle S8 26.75
1 2010 100m Butterfly S8 1:00.45
1 2010 100m Freestyle S8 57.62
1 2010 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:13.33
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Event Result
3 2009 100m Backstroke S8 1:06.75
2 2009 100m Butterfly S8 1:00.79
1 2009 100m Freestyle S8 57.21
1 2009 100m Individual Medley SM8 1:04.66
1 2009 200m Individual Medley SM8 2:20.38
2 2009 400m Freestyle S8 4:27.24
1 2009 50m Freestyle S8 26.36
1 2009 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 34 Points SC 3:46.38
1 2009 4 x 100m Medley Relay 34 Points 4:08.37