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
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.
Arnold, he has been successful at every thing he has attempted
3rd in Fazza Cup Dubai 2010
3rd at Powerlifting Australia Nationals(100kg class - able bodied)
Newcastle local Cameron Whittington describes himself as motivated, determined and enthusiastic.
Cameron became involved in powerlifting by chance when he met someone at the gym who suggested it to him. The rest is history.
Cameron first competed for Australia in 2007 and cites his third place at the 2010 Fazza Cup in Dubai as the highlight of his sporting career. He deems his third place at the Australian Powerlifting Nationals, which is an able-bodied event, as his greatest sporting moment.