Summer Sports

Kate Parker

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Quick Facts

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

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

Rod Farr

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Quick Facts

Disability
Spinal Injury
How acquired
Swimming Accident
Date of Birth
Tue, 24/10/1967
Home
Modbury Heights, South Australia
Occupation
Employment Officer
Started Competing
2000
First Competed for Australia
2002
Best World Rank
2
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist
Career Highlights
Dual silver medallist World Championships 2006, Bronze medal 2002 World Championships
Greatest Moment
Silver medal at the 2006 World Championships and Paralympic record in Beijing 2008

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: Discus, Javelin, Shot Put
Classification: F52

Ian Speed

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Disability
Vision Impaired
How acquired
Retinitis pigmentosa
Date of Birth
Thu, 29/03/1973
Home
Mitcham, Victoria
Occupation
Lawyer
Started Competing
1995
First Competed for Australia
2006
Best World Rank
6
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Sebastian Coe, Marla Runyan
Greatest Moment
Yet to come

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 800m
Classification: T12

Hamish MacDonald

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Mon, 19/08/1974
Home
Macquarie, ACT
Occupation
Australian Sports Commission
Started Competing
1992
First Competed for Australia
1992
Games Experience
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
His family
Career Highlights
Being part of the Australian Team at Sydney 2000, winning silver at Athens 2004, competing at the 2011 World Championships
Greatest Moment
Outside of being part of Paralympic teams, meeting Olympic sprinting legend Frankie Fredericks and attending Mohamed Ali’s birthday in 2000

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: Shot put
Classification: F34

Gemma Buckholz

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Quick Facts

Disability
Quadriplegia C8 T1
How acquired
Car accident
Date of Birth
Fri, 20/02/1981
Home
Pacific Pines, Queensland
Occupation
Child Carer
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2003
Best World Rank
4
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Competing at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m
Classification: T52

Cameron Whittington

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Quick Facts

Disability
Amputee
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Mon, 05/07/1982
Home
Newcastle, NSW
Occupation
Project Officer
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2007
Best World Rank
13
Heroes
Arnold, he has been successful at every thing he has attempted
Career Highlights
3rd in Fazza Cup Dubai 2010
Greatest Moment
3rd at Powerlifting Australia Nationals(100kg class - able bodied)

Bio

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.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Powerlifting
Disciplines: Powerlifting