Summer Sports

Jenni Bryce

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Left above elbow and above knee
How acquired
Work accident
Date of Birth
Fri, 19/05/1972
Home
Sutton, NSW
Occupation
Retired ADF member
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2007

Bio

Jenni Bryce has always loved animals, and has only recently adopted athletics as a second love after having her left leg amputated above the knee and her left arm amputated above her elbow.

Sport & Disciplines

Greg Hibberd

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Sun, 08/09/1985
Home
Kambah, ACT
Started Competing
1999
First Competed for Australia
2000
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Nelson Mandela
Career Highlights
Bronze in shot put at 2006 World Championships
Greatest Moment
Competing in the Australian uniform and fulfilling years of training

Bio

Greg Hibberd is an outgoing, energetic and easy going individual who believes that such qualities have enabled him to succeed in life.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: Shot put
Classification: F34

Darren Thrupp

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Car accident
Date of Birth
Tue, 06/12/1966
Home
Wallumbilla, Queensland
Occupation
Porter
First Competed for Australia
1988
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Wally Lewis and Gary Bourne
Career Highlights
Winning first ever gold medal and setting a world record at Paralympic Games
Greatest Moment
First ever Paralympic gold

Bio

Known by most as ‘Laces’ or the ‘Thrupp Myster’, Queensland’s Darren Thrupp is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to running and long jump. With Beijing his sixth Paralympics, he won’t be retiring any time soon, looking for his seventh Games in London.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 4x100m, 4x400m, long jump
Classification: T37, F37

Courtney Harbeck

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impaired
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 14/03/1989
Home
Enoggera, Queensland
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2000
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Amy Winters
Greatest Moment
Competing at the Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Courtney Harbeck is a self-proclaimed chatterbox and although she didn’t make the finals at her first Paralympic Games, she is happy with her performances. 

At the 2006 FESPIC Games, Courtney had her greatest athletic achievement, winning gold medals in the 100m and 200m sprints. The event was not all smooth sailing for Courtney, however, as it took her a while to adjust to the Malaysian way of preparing one of her favourite things: food.  “I like my Aussie food!” she says.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m

Tahlia Rotumah

Tahlia Rotumah

Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Mon, 24/02/1992
Home
Tweed Heads South, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Grandmother, Amy Winters
Career Highlights
Silver medals at 2006 FESPIC Games (100m, 200m)
Greatest Moment
Running in the Birds Nest at the Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Blink and you’ll miss Tahlia Rotumah as she flies down the race track. Tahlia was the proud winner of two silver medals in the sprints at the 2006 FESPIC Games in Malaysia, where she was happy to play the tourist in a theme park 16 storeys high in the middle of a shopping centre.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m
Classification: T37

Amanda Fraser

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 10/11/1981
Home
Gungahlin, ACT
Occupation
Sales assistant
First Competed for Australia
2000
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Shane Webcke
Career Highlights
World record/gold medal in discus and silver in shot put at World Championships Netherlands 2006
Greatest Moment
Walking into the Opening Ceremony in Sydney 2000

Bio

Growing up in a family of basketball players, Amanda Fraser was always surrounded by sport. It wasn’t until she was 12 that her parents looked for a sport for her to participate in, mainly to help her self-confidence.

Following a search of what was available for athletes with a disability; Amanda first competed in athletics
at the Queensland School Sports Athletics Championships, where she won three gold medals.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: Discus and shot put
Classification: F37

Peter Leek

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 27/09/1988
Home
St Marys, NSW
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Ben Austin and Michael Phelps
Career Highlights
3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze at Beijing 2008; 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships
Greatest Moment
Becoming world champion in the 100m backstroke

Bio

Nicknamed ‘Pipes’, swimmer Peter Leek is determined to make a mark for himself. He left that mark in Beijing where he squashed the dreams of many swimmers by winning a medal in each of his events which included three gold, four silver and one bronze medal.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle
Classification: S8, SB8, SM8

Patrick Donachie

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Intellectual
Date of Birth
Sun, 24/04/1983
Home
Campbelltown, NSW
Occupation
Support worker and swimming instructor
First Competed for Australia
2000
Games Experience
Sydney 2000
Heroes
Lance Armstrong, Michael Phelps
Career Highlights
Gold in Sydney 2000
Greatest Moment
Winning gold in Sydney 2000

Bio

When Patrick Donachie won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, little did he know that it would be 12 years before he would again have a chance to represent Australia at a Paralympic Games.

After 2000, athletes with an intellectual disability were banned from the Paralympic Games when the Spanish men’s basketball team was found to include athletes who did not have disabilities. Patrick is now the only remaining member of the Sydney 2000 swim team who still swims competitively.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke, 200m IM

Nerice Holland

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Intellectual
Date of Birth
Wed, 22/06/1988
Home
Brisbane, Queensland
First Competed for Australia
2007
Heroes
Her father – Steve Holland
Career Highlights
13 gold at 2009 Global Games, 6 gold, 3 silver & 1 bronze at 2007 INAS-FID World Championships

Bio

Daughter of Australian swimming legend Steve Holland, Nerice Holland is also making waves in the pool.

Nerice, who has an intellectual disability, showed her talent in the pool from an early age, starting swimming at just six months. Encouraged to pursue her talents by her parents, at 19 Nerice won five gold, three silver and one bronze medal at the 2007 INAS-FID World Championships in Belgium.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m & 800m freestyle

Marayke Jonkers

News article image

Quick Facts

Disability
Paraplegic
How acquired
Car accident
Date of Birth
Sun, 13/09/1981
Home
Maroochydore, Queensland
Occupation
Motivational speaker, swimmer
First Competed for Australia
1999
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Michael Milton, Cathy Freeman, Louise Sauvage, Dawn Fraser
Career Highlights
Gold at 1999 FESPIC Games, 2 silver at 2002 Argentina World Championships, 2 bronze at Athens 2004, silver at Beijing 2008

Bio

Marayke Jonkers is the longest serving female in the Australian Paralympic swimming squad and is a role model to all those around her. She has held the world record for the 100m butterfly and has broken more than 60 Australian records in breaststroke, the individual medley, freestyle and butterfly.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m breaststroke, 150m individual medley