Summer Sports

Ben Macfie

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impaired
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Wed, 02/09/1981
Home
Coorparoo, QLD
Occupation
Development Manager at Cycling Queensland
Started Competing
1996
First Competed for Australia
2002
Career Highlights
Cycling - bronze at 2007 Paralympic World Cup
Greatest Moment
Cycling - bronze at 2007 Paralympic World Cup

Bio

Willing to give anything a go, Ben MacFie believes it is his focused and tenacious approach to sport that has allowed him to flourish.

Ben was encouraged to take up goalball by Terry Kenaghan, the founder of goalball in Australia, and drawn to its uniqueness, intensity and challenges as a team sport, he soon loved it.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Goalball
Classification: B2

Lisa McIntosh

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Thu, 16/12/1982
Home
Beaconsfield, Victoria
Started Competing
1998
First Competed for Australia
1998
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Cathy Freeman and Steve Moneghetti
Career Highlights
World records for 100m, 200m and 400m, 2 gold at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning her first gold medal at Sydney 2000

Bio

Don’t mistake Lisa McIntosh for being a competitive swimmer when you meet her. The swim instructor is actually better known as a dynamo on the track, having broken world records in 100m, 200m and 400m events.

The speedster from Beaconsfield in Victoria is the world’s fastest in her category, a record she has held since 2000. Born with cerebral palsy, Lisa is an experienced performer having competed and placed on the medal dais at the last three Paralympic Games. In Beijing, Lisa won two gold medals in the 100m and 200m.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m, 400m
Classification: T37

Kirrilee McPherson

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Sat, 26/12/1987
Home
Bridgewater, South Australia
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2007
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Michael Johnson
Career Highlights
Competing against Katrina Webb and Amy Winters at her first ever meet in 2004
Greatest Moment
Walking into the Bird’s Nest for the 100m heat at the Beijing Games to thousands of people cheering

Bio

Kirrilee McPherson has already had a brush with athletics’ fame having met the ‘’Lithgow Flash’’: two time Olympic sprint gold medallist, Marjorie Jackson.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m
Classification: T38

Jon Bernard

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impaired
How acquired
Hereditary
Date of Birth
Fri, 26/09/1986
Home
Park Ridge South, Queensland
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2005
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Asafa Powell, John Steffensen
Greatest Moment
PB at 2006 Commonwealth Games

Bio

Competing with a hereditary vision impairment, Jon Bernard currently holds the national record times for all distances between 100m and 1500m in the under 20 age group. He also holds the open record for the all ages 200m sprint for Australia and Oceania.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m, 400m
Classification: T12

Jodi Willis-Roberts

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impaired
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Mon, 24/04/1967
Home
Wendouree, Victoria
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
1988
First Competed for Australia
1988
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Dawn Fraser
Career Highlights
Shot put gold medal at Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
Greatest Moment
Melbourne Storm winning the 2009 NRL grand final over the Parramatta Eels

Bio

Outgoing and gregarious, Jodi Willis-Roberts is a bit of a character both at play and on the field. The multi-medal winner, who has had a vision impairment since birth, has represented Australia in three sports and at six Paralympic Games and is now hoping she can make London number seven.

Jodi made her Paralympic debut in goalball at the 1988 Paralympics where Australia finished seventh. Following the Seoul Games, Jodi added athletics to her repertoire and was a member of the Australian Paralympic athletics team at every Paralympic Games from 1992 to 2008.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Goalball
Classification: B3

Jenni Bryce

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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.

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Greg Hibberd

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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

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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

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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

Christine Wolf

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Quick Facts

Disability
Above knee leg amputee
How acquired
Cancer
Date of Birth
Mon, 03/03/1980
Home
Hawker, ACT
Started Competing
1997
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
Gold in long jump and bronze in 100m at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Silver in long jump at Athens 2004, gold in long jump at Beijing 2008

Bio

Christine Wolf was born in a small village near Stuttgart, in southern Germany. As a ten year old she was diagnosed with cancer in her leg and spent the following five years in and out of hospitals for chemotherapy and then treating infections. In 1995 her leg was amputated and her biggest concern became whether she would ever run again. Her childhood dream of becoming a top level athlete was potentially crushed, but this was reinvigorated when she visited the Paralympics in Atlanta in 1996.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, long jump