Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Right arm limb deficiency
Date of Birth
May 14, 1988
Watson, ACT
Information Technician
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012


Neil Fuller

Career Highlights

Breaking the world record for the 1500m in May 2015


Michael Roeger says that he isn’t scared of anything, but even if he was, there’s little chance anything would be able to catch him. When Michael runs, he just does not stop.

Despite his success as a middle distance runner, Michael got the call up as an emergency runner and laced up for the second leg of the 4x100m relay team at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships. However, it is in the long distance events that Michael has excelled. He captured two bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m at his first international competition, the 2006 FESPIC Games in Malaysia. In 2007, he continued to improve, capturing his first National Championship victories, winning both the 800m and 1500m events.

Although Michael has competed at two Paralympic Games, he has come into his own post London. At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France he won bronze medals in the 1500m and 5000m and in June 2015, he broke the world record showing promising signs for Rio 2016. After 18 months of coming within a second of breaking the record, it was a moment of elation for Michael. He wishes he could bottle the feelings he had and experience it all over again.

Michael followed up his greatest sporting moment with a bronze medal in the same event at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha. Knowing his potential, Michael was unhappy with his result but says it is a stepping stone for Rio and in taking the positives away from the race, he says it has made him hungrier for gold.

Michael got involved in Para-athletics at the age of 12, after four-time Paralympian Neil Fuller spoke at his school and introduced him to the movement. Not knowing many people with a disability, Michael was inspired by Neil and decided he wanted to pursue a career in spot.

Expertly guided by Philo Saunders, Michael prepares himself for each race by timing out his warm up the day before. Without doing that, he feels disorganised and cannot get into the zone. Since London, Michael has also added one more quirk to his pre-competition routine. He now takes off his socks prior to taking to the track as he believes he runs faster without them.

The South Australian native turns to his immediate family for motivation and inspiration. Citing his father as an “all-round legend,” he says his dad has supported him throughout his athletics career and he is inspired by his twin brother’s dedication to his own career in medicine.

A keen sports fan, Michael likes to play AFL and golf in his spare time in between training and studying for his advertising and marketing degree.

In ten years time, Michael hopes to be working on a hobby farm in South Australia and running marathons, but for now his sights remain on winning a Paralympic gold at his third Games.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T46