Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb loss
How acquired
Chicken Pox
Date of Birth
May 27, 1993
Petrie, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016


Ian Healy

Career Highlights

Champion in 400m freestyle and 5km freestyle at the 2010 World Championships

Greatest Moment

Walking out for the Opening Ceremony in Beijing and breaking the Paralympic record in the 400m freestyle


Having already experienced the Paralympics buzz in Beijing at the tender age of 15, Brenden Hall came of age in London. The freestyle expert hit his peak at the right time to convincingly win gold in the 400m freestyle and the 4x100m men’s freestyle relay, as well as bronze as part of the 4x100m medley relay team.

Brenden first made an impact on an international scale at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships where he returned home with four gold medals around his neck, including gold in the 5km open water swim. He was presented with his gold medal in the 400m freestyle by legendary Dutch Olympian Pieter van den Hoogenband and his swimming continued to improve in 2011, culminating in the distance king breaking new world records in the 800m and 1500m at the Queensland Championships.

After contracting chicken pox, Brenden was forced to have his right leg amputated and is hearing impaired. He sees fellow swimmer Matthew Cowdrey as inspiration and hopes to one day hold as many world records as him, and also admires Ian Thorpe and Michael Phelps.

At the ripe age of 13, he entered his first competition as an Australian representative at the Arafura Games in Darwin, which he believes is one of the best experiences he has ever had.

Then in 2008, as the youngest male on the entire Australian Paralympic Team, Brenden finished first in the 400m freestyle heat, broke a Paralympic record in his first ever race at a Paralympic Games and went on to place fifth in the final.

After a very successful London Paralympic Games, Brenden continued his dominance in the pool in the lead up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. The defending champion in the men’s 400m freestyle S9, Brenden continued to prove his champion status, taking out gold once again. He is proud to have not lost the race at any international competition in eight years.

Brenden brought home a full set of medals from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning silver in the 100m freestyle S9 – placing second to fellow Australian teammate Tim Disken, and won bronze in the 100m backstroke S9.

Brenden is also a keen musician and when he’s not swimming, regularly enjoys his other passion – the saxophone. He loves spending time with his pet dog and family.

At such a young age, Brenden believes this is just the beginning of his sporting career, with multiple World Championships and Paralympic Games to follow.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9