Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
Date of Birth
September 11, 1992
Kilmore, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012

Career Highlights

Making the 800m final at the 2013 World Championships


Hailing from Victoria’s oldest inland town of Kilmore, Jake Lappin is quickly making a name for himself in the world of wheelchair racing.

He became involved in athletics when he attended a racing-specific training camp and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Competing in the T54 class alongside legendary Australian Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and fellow Victorian Richard Coleman, Jake made his Paralympic debut at the London 2012 Games, where he won bronze in the Men’s 400m relay.

While not yet at Kurt or Richard’s level – his career is only in its infancy – Jake is ranked 17 in the world in both the 400m and 800m, he is confident in his ability to reach new heights at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Jake first competed for Australia at the 2008 IWAS Junior World Championships in Switzerland. However, the highlight of his fledgling career to date is his selection for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Racing in the men’s 1500m, Jake finished seventh in the 10-man final, five seconds behind winner Kurt Fearnley.

The same year, Jake dominated at the 2010 National Underage Championships, taking home five gold medals.

Since the London Games, Jake has competed in the 2013 and 2015 World Championships where he most recently placed 5th in the 1500m.

When he isn’t balancing his studies, training or competing, Jake enjoys hanging out with his mates and playing the guitar and drums. An incredibly fit athlete, Jake has the eye catching ability to perform push ups without use of his legs.

Jake especially enjoys listening to the music of electronic music duo Daft Punk and would like to continue a career in sport, aiming to one day own a gym.

In ten years, Jake is hoping to be competing well enough to beat the times of his role model, Kurt Fearnley.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 400m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 800m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4X400 relay Classification: T54