Making a PB in the 1km time trial and knowing she would win a medal at the Beijing Paralympics
Our Paralympic cyclists can look forward to being steered in the right direction with pilot cyclist Katie Parker at the helm. Tearing around the race track at high speeds does not scare her one bit, not nearly as much as buying a house and having a mortgage.
By the time Jane Armstrong had finished high school, most of our first time Paralympians had not yet been born. That the proud grandmother and oldest member of the Australian cycling team is a current world champion is all the more impressive.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: Individual Time Trial, Road Time Trial, Road Race, 3km Individual Pursuit
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
World records in 1000m time trial and 3000m pursuit; 1 gold and 1 silver at Atlanta 1996; 1 gold and 1 bronze at Sydney 2000;3 gold at Athens 2004; 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze at Beijing 2008
Winning pursuit in Beijing 2008
Nicknamed ‘Gecko’ by his team mates, Chris Scott is respected for his discipline and dedication. He considered retiring after the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
but first wanted to win a gold medal at the 2002 World Championships – the only prize that had eluded him. Once that was achieved, Chris went on to win four gold, one silver and one bronze at the Athens and Beijing Paralympics.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: Team sprint, Individual time trial, Individual pursuit, Individual road race, 1km time trial
Winning 2 silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games
Ben Demery is a passionate man who is determined to succeed in his chosen sport of cycling. Hailing from Newcastle, Ben was born with impaired vision. He believes that “to get in front, train like you’re behind,” and uses this mantra as he trains for his pet events - the one kilometre time trial and the sprint.
Dual silver medallist World Championships 2006, Bronze medal 2002 World Championships
Silver medal at the 2006 World Championships and Paralympic record in Beijing 2008
Rod Farr’s ultimate goal is to become rich and famous. A gold medal on the field at a Paralympic Games may be the first step to his dream as he trains for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 London Games.
Ian ‘Speedie’ Speed was hoping to live up to his name and blitz the track at his first Paralympics in Beijing. Although he did not make the final, Ian believes that after being sick in the lead up to the Games, he recovered well and is satisfied with his performance on race day. Running in the Bird’s Nest to a capacity crowd was one of the greatest feelings he has experienced. Village life and mixing with athletes from all over the world was also a highlight for Ian.
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Being part of the Australian Team at Sydney 2000, winning silver at Athens 2004, competing at the 2011 World Championships
Outside of being part of Paralympic teams, meeting Olympic sprinting legend Frankie Fredericks and attending Mohamed Ali’s birthday in 2000
Hamish Macdonald is one of Australia’s greatest and most respected Paralympians. Entering his sixth Paralympics at London 2012, it shapes as another memorable chapter in the shot put champion’s decorated career.
The dual Paralympic medallist is still proving extremely competitive in international competition, finishing sixth at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships. And in 2010, he won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in the shot put, just edging out fellow Australian Damien Bowen to claim his spot on the medal dais.
When Queensland girl Gemma Buchholz began competing in her chosen athletic events, little did she realise that one year later she would be on the world stage at the Athens Paralympic Games. She finished sixth in the 200m and fifth in the 400m, making personal bests in each race. Four years later in Beijing, Gemma placed eighth in the 100m and 200m. While she is happy with her 100m result, Gemma is not pleased with her 200m race. As her favourite event, she hoped to perform better but lost confidence at being placed in lane one which she struggles with.