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Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting, Para swimming, Para Triathlon
NPC Australia   
Place of BirthMackay, AUS
Height1.78 m
Weight 73 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Higher education
Public Relations - University of Queensland: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para triathlon in 2012 and began competing in 2013 in Queensland, Australia. He had previously tried swimming and wheelchair basketball after acquiring his impairment, but did not enjoy either sport. "I played two games of wheelchair basketball and didn't enjoy it at all. I kept swimming for fitness, but I didn't compete."
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2012 Paralympic Games on TV while recovering from an operation, and then reading an article about Australian Para triathlete Bill Chaffey. "I'd never watched the Paralympic Games before. Being stuck in bed though, I thought, why not? Something inside me clicked. It's the most memorable time in my life that I was inspired. I remembered I still had full use of my upper body and I'd not made the most of it. I decided if I recover from my surgery I wanted to make the most of it. I wanted to see what I was capable of. I typed in something strange [online] like 'extreme endurance Para sport'. I wanted something that would test my limits I didn't think a lot of people would be capable of doing. I read the article about Bill and was so excited to hear about Para triathlon! I decided this was it, I've got to get into this."
Name of coach
Louise Sauvage
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
London, ENG
General Interest
Reading. (, 22 Apr 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 22 Apr 2020)
Most influential person in career
His family and friends. (Allianz Facebook page, 20 Jul 2021)
In 2018 he underwent surgery due to tendon inflammation in his right wrist and was sidelined from the sport for seven months. (, 01 Mar 2019)

In 2012 he needed an operation after his health deteriorated due to his impairment. "I had to have invasive surgery to correct the problem, and the recovery was three months of bed rest. They took tissue from my other organs to rebuild some of my insides." (, 10 Aug 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Embrace the boredom, because that's where the thought process happens." (, 22 Apr 2020)
Awards and honours
In 2021 he was named Sports Star of the Year by Ryde Sports Foundation in Australia. (Ryde Sports Foundation Facebook page, 10 May 2021)

He was named among the Top 10 Sportspeople of 2016 by Australian newspaper the Daily Mercury. (, 19 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He won gold in the handcycling category at the 2016 Ironman Cairns event in Queensland, Australia. (Facebook page, 12 Jun 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 19 Dec 2016)
He has paraplegia as the result of the effects of transverse myelitis [inflammation of the spinal cord], contracted in 2003. (, 10 Aug 2017;, 23 May 2013)
Other information
He says that placing ninth in the PT1 event at his first Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016 fuelled his desire to reach an even higher level in the sport. "When I got back from Rio, I felt dry and unfulfilled. I had the titles of Para triathlete and Paralympian, but I didn't feel like I'd filled them with the meaning they should carry. I just felt like there was so much more I could do in training, and within myself as an athlete, but I didn't know what that was. Two weeks after I got back, I reached out to [coach] Dan Atkins; I knew he was a great guy and a tough coach. I told him what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to make sure I'd done everything possible, so if my career ended the next day I'd be 100% satisfied I'd made the most of it and pushed myself as hard as I could." (, 10 Aug 2017)

Having been inspired to take up the sport after reading an article about Australian Para triathlete Bill Chaffey, he competed together with Chaffey at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro before winning silver one place ahead of Chaffey at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "I'm a sentimental type, so the fact Bill and I both went to Rio together with the sport's Paralympic debut was quite special to me." (, 07 Apr 2018;, 10 Aug 2017)

He has also studied for a bachelor's degree in law at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2021;, 16 Sep 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2016 PT1 1:10:35
7 2021 PTWC 1:04:50
World Championships - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
9 2014 PT1 1:17:14
9 2015 PT1 1:08:59
11 2016 PT1 1:12:32
4 2017 PTWC 1:10:44
9 2019 PTWC 1:17:47
World Ranking (2018/01/01) - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 PTWC  
6 2018 PTWC  
6 2018 PTWC  
Commonwealth Games - Para Triathlon
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 PTWC 1:03:28