Summer Sports

Tyson Lawrence

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth
Fri, 09/06/1978
Home
Landsdale, Western Australia
Occupation
Warehouse Manager
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2004
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Brad McGee
Greatest Moment
Gold medal and world record in 4000m pursuit at Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Bio

Tyson Lawrence expects a lot from himself. He is constantly setting himself new goals and targets that push him closer and closer to the ultimate athlete he wants to be. These goals however are by no means impossible.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Pilot (4000m Pursuit)

Steven George

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth
Sat, 05/06/1982
Home
Nobbys Beach, Queensland
Occupation
Professional Athlete
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
Being selected in the Beijing team, the first time representing Australia in sport
Greatest Moment
Riding for the bronze medal at the Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Steven George is a 26 year old who hails from Nobbys Beach in Queensland. Steven is a professional cyclist and pilot to Paralympian Bryce Lindores.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Pilot (4000m pursuit, 1000m time trial and road race)

Shaun Hopkins

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Quick Facts

Date of Birth
Mon, 18/04/1977
Home
Fairfield, NSW
Occupation
Bicycle Store Manager
Started Competing
1985
First Competed for Australia
1995
Best World Rank
2
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
2 silver medals at 2007 Visa Paralympic World Cup
Greatest Moment
Winning silver medals at Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Bio

Paralympic pilot cyclist Shaun Hopkins and his partner Ben Demery continued on their excellent 2006 and 2007 form to win two silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games in the 1km time trial and the sprint. The Games themselves were an experience Shaun will treasure for life but he was disappointed the pair did not win gold, after three steady years of silver medals.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Pilot (1km TT, Sprint)

Lindy Hou

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Quick Facts

Disability
Retinitis Pigmentosa
How acquired
Genetic predisposition
Date of Birth
Thu, 18/02/1960
Home
Beacon Hill, NSW
Occupation
Massage therapist, motivational speaker
Started Competing
1999
First Competed for Australia
2001
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Peter Rossener
Greatest Moment
Winning both World Titles in 2006

Bio

Lindy Hou has a degenerative eye condition called retinitis pigmentosa and has been legally blind since 1996. She was a fiercely competitive triathlete and a successful triathlon coach but when her eyesight deteriorated she was forced to give up competitive cycling and coaching. For many, this would have meant the end but Lindy rediscovered the joy of cycling on a tandem bike in 1999.

After narrowly missing selection for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic cycling squad, Lindy was determined to fulfil her dream of representing Australia and becoming one of the best in the world.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Summer Sports
Disciplines: Pursuit, 1km time trial, road race, road time trial
Classification: B2

Kate Parker

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Date of Birth
Mon, 19/02/1979
Home
Bridgewater, South Australia
Occupation
teacher
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
1997
Best World Rank
2
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Making a PB in the 1km time trial and knowing she would win a medal at the Beijing Paralympics

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Pilot (1km Time Trial)

Jane Armstrong

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Quick Facts

Disability
Right leg extension flexion deformity
How acquired
Knee joint disease
Date of Birth
Wed, 09/07/1958
Home
Griffith, ACT
Occupation
Health promotion officer
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2005
Best World Rank
1
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Shirley Strickland
Greatest Moment
World Champion 2007 500m time trial

Bio

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

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Individual Time Trial, Road Time Trial, Road Race, 3km Individual Pursuit
Classification: LC3

Chris Scott

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral Palsy
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Tue, 29/10/1968
Home
Sunnybank, Queensland
Occupation
Records Clerk
First Competed for Australia
1986
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Lance Armstrong
Career Highlights
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
Greatest Moment
Winning pursuit in Beijing 2008

Bio

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

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Team sprint, Individual time trial, Individual pursuit, Individual road race, 1km time trial
Classification: CP4

Ben Demery

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impaired
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Fri, 19/09/1986
Home
Dudley, NSW
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Lance Armstrong
Greatest Moment
Winning 2 silver medals at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Summer Sports
Disciplines: 1km Time Trial, Sprint
Classification: VI

Stephen Wilson

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Quick Facts

Disability
Below the knee Amputee
How acquired
Truck accident
Date of Birth
Tue, 28/12/1971
Home
Merringandan, Queensland
Occupation
PE teacher and school principal
Started Competing
1997
First Competed for Australia
1997
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
Sydney 2000 Paralympics
Greatest Moment
Sydney 2000 Paralympic gold

Bio

Losing his leg below the knee after being run over by a truck, Stephen Wilson took up running as a professional sport and in 1997 represented Australia for the first time in Germany.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
Classification: T44

Roy Daniell

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impaired
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Sun, 11/04/1965
Home
O'Connor, ACT
Occupation
Physiotherapist
Started Competing
1998
First Competed for Australia
2000
Best World Rank
2
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Rob de Castella
Greatest Moment
Sydney Paralympic Marathon and running into the Bird's Nest in Beijing

Bio

Roy Daniell is a family man who loves spending time with his wife and children. Both his boys (Ben and Charlie) love to run and the further the better. Endurance seems to be in the family blood.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: Marathon
Classification: T12