Quick Facts

How acquired
Intellectual Impairment
Date of Birth
January 11, 1999
Minyama, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Matthew Cowdrey, Justin Hodges and Corey Parker

Career Highlights

Gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2015 INAS
Global Games in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Greatest Moment

Selection for Australia at the 2015 INAS Global Games


Liam Schluter, who was born with an intellectual impairment, learned to swim when he was two-years-old at Kawana Aquatic Centre in Queensland, where he now works as a groundsman.

Liam immersed himself in sport; he played rugby league for two years and tennis for three years, and also tried soccer, golf and indoor cricket, before joining his sister in the squads training program when he was ten. Around this time, Liam hilariously recalls, competing in a butterfly event swimming breaststroke instead.

His coaches soon recognised his potential, so he joined the local surf lifesaving club and competed for four years. The skills Liam learned in his time there have helped to place him among only a handful of swimmers who perform strongly in both sprint and endurance racing.

At the 2015 GHSF Australian Age Multi-class Championships in Sydney, Liam competed in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley multi-class events, and placed first in the individual medley.

Later that year he travelled to Guayaquil in Ecuador for the annual INAS Global Games. There he won gold medals in the 400m and 1500m freestyle finals and took home silver in the 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relays. However, because the 400m and 1500m freestyle events are not contested at the Paralympic Games in his classification, after the Global Games Liam’s focus turned to sprint racing.

At the 2015 Australian Open Short Course Swimming Championships in Sydney, Liam set two new S14 national records, completing the 100m backstroke in 1:05.78 and the 400m freestyle in 4:10.37.

Training seven days a week at Kawana Aquatic Centre, Liam set himself apart at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. He competed in eight events and achieved a gold medal in the 400m freestyle, a silver in the 200m freestyle and 4x50m freestyle relay. In the 200m freestyle preliminaries and final, Liam shaved a combined five seconds off his personal best.

Outside the pool, Liam likes riding mountain bikes, fishing, crabbing and piloting boats – his cousin Scott Hillier hosts the Channel 7 outdoor adventure program Creek to Coast. Liam also enjoys watching rugby league with his dad. Together they support the Brisbane Broncos, and Liam lists club greats Corey Parker and Justin Hodges as two of his role models.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S14
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB14
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m freestyle Classification: S14
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM14