Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Achondroplasia
Date of Birth
August 25, 1978
Elwood, VIC
Primary school teacher
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


US swimmer Lynne Cox

Career Highlights

Representing Australia in Germany

Greatest Moment

The realisation that I had the potential to represent Australia


Paralympian Tanya Huebner will be 38 years of age at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but age is no barrier for this seasoned professional.

Tanya was spotted at an APC Talent Search Day in 2009, describing herself as “old but new” to the Australian swim team when she made her debut the following year.

Competing at the 2010 IPC World Swimming Championships, Tanya competed in seven events, with her best result being fourth in the 100m breaststroke.

In 2012, Tanya competed at her first Paralympic Games in London. She was again unlucky to just miss the podium in her pet event the 100m breaststroke, finishing fourth. In what was a busy Paralympic schedule, she also competed in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

In the lead up to London, Tanya was in fine form, winning six gold medals at the 2011 CanAm Championships. Prior to this, Tanya enjoyed success at the 2011 Nationals, winning gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 100m breaststroke and 200m individual medley.

At the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships, Tanya repeated history by again placing fourth in the 100m breaststroke. She also took home a gold and a silver as a heat swimming in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay respectively.

Competing at her second Paralympic Games, she competed in three events including the 100m breaststroke where she placed fifth, the 4 x 50m freestyle relay where the team placed sixth and also competed in the 50m butterfly but did not progress to the final.

Tanya has a strict training regime and also wears lucky earrings each time she competes.

When she’s not swimming in the pool, she enjoys her job as a primary school teacher and also enjoys cycling, playing piano, tennis, reading literature and going to the beach.

She regularly does open water swims and would like to one day compete in open water swims around the world. She looks up to US swimmer Lynne Cox who has conquered swims around the world in extreme-cold temperatures.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB6
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m butterfly Classification: S6