Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right through knee limb loss
How acquired
Amputation as a result of congenital limb dysmelia
Date of Birth
January 25, 1999
Mountain Creek, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

His coach, Olympian Jan Cameron

Career Highlights

Setting a new personal best in the 100m backstroke multi-class final at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships

Greatest Moment

Standing beside Brenden Hall in a 100m backstroke final


Logan Powell became a below-the-knee amputee when he was 18-months-old due to an accident involving a ride-on lawn mower. He took up swimming at the insistence of his mother, who hoped it would help him to build his upper body strength.

Although he did not enjoy swimming initially, Logan began competing when he was nine-years-old and debuted for Australia three years later at the 2011 Arafura Games in Darwin. There he competed in the 50m breaststroke and 100m freestyle, backstroke and butterfly multi-class events.

2013 was a stand-out year for Logan. He achieved three gold, one silver and three bronze medals at the GHSF Australian Age Multi-class Championships in Adelaide, and at the Australian School Swimming Championships he was named the Multi-class Swimmer of the Meet. He took home two gold medals, six silver and one bronze, and became the new national multi-class record holder in the 100m backstroke and 200m individual medley events.

Identified by Swimming Australia as an athlete to watch, Logan relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2013 to train under renowned coach Jan Cameron, who leads the prestigious high-performance Paralympic swimming program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

At the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships, Logan competed in ten events, including the 200m freestyle multi-class, 4x50m freestyle relay multi-class and 100m backstroke multi-class, in which he placed 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. On the back of these results, Swimming Australia announced later that week that Logan had qualified for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Typically, Logan trains for two hours in the morning and then again in the afternoon after school. He is confident that he does not need a competition routine, trusting instead that his preparation will be enough to “just get in and get it done”.

Logan is inspired by Brenden Hall, a Paralympic dual gold medallist with whom he struck up a friendship in the waiting room of their prosthetist before he began swimming competitively. He says that standing beside Brenden behind the starting blocks in a 100m backstroke final is his greatest sporting moment to date.

Motivated by rivalry with his two older brothers, Logan champions an active lifestyle outside the pool too. Since his selection for the Rio Games, he has not used his dirt bike for fear of injury, but is also an avid bodyboarder and soccer player.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m butterfly Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m Medley Relay Classification: S9