Summer Sports

Marty Mayberry

Marty Mayberry

Quick Facts

Disability
Double below knee amputee
How acquired
Meningococcal
Date of Birth
Sun, 09/02/1986
Home
Camperdown, NSW
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2005
Best World Rank
2007 World Cup gold in slalom and 2008 World Cup bronze
Games Experience
Torino 2006
Heroes
His father
Career Highlights
Winning gold at the 2007 World Cup and watching teammate Tony Kane win bronze in Torino 2006
Greatest Moment
Gold at 2007 World Cup

Bio

Marty Mayberry loves travelling, his family and his mum’s cooking. He also loves skiing and is aiming to represent Australia at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games.
Marty first represented Australia in 2005 at the European Cup Finals and followed this up with the Torino Winter Paralympics. He describes walking into the Opening Ceremony with the Australian team as his proudest moment and is looking forward to doing it again in Vancouver. In 2007 he won a gold medal in the slalom at the World Cup and in 2008 won a bronze medal in the same event.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Downhill
Classification: LW3-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Giant slalom
Classification: LW3-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Slalom
Classification: LW3-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super G
Classification: LW3-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super Combined
Classification: LW3-1

Nathan Chivers

Nathan Chivers

Quick Facts

Date of Birth
Sun, 18/07/1976
Home
Canoelands, NSW
Occupation
Nursery owner/manager
Started Competing
1998
First Competed for Australia
1999
Best World Rank
1
Games Experience
Salt Lake City 2002
Heroes
Bart Bunting
Career Highlights
Two gold and one silver at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Paralympic Games and the World Cup overall winner in 2002
Greatest Moment
Gold in downhill at Salt Lake City, 2002

Bio

Nathan Chivers is Paralympic skier Bart Bunting’s guide and helped him win gold medals in the downhill and super G, and silver in the giant slalom at the 2002 Salt Lake City Paralympic Games. On top of their Paralympic success, the pair has also combined to win an array of World Cups and World Championships.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Down Hill
Classification: Guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super G
Classification: Guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super Combined
Classification: Guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Giant Slalom
Classification: Guide

Nicholas Watts

Nicholas Watts

Quick Facts

Disability
Below knee amputee
How acquired
Cancer
Date of Birth
Wed, 03/09/1986
Home
West Pennant Hills, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2003
Best World Rank
42 – slalom, 43 – giant slalom, 34 – super, G 24 – super combined, 31 – downhill
Games Experience
Torino 2006
Heroes
His parents
Career Highlights
Competing in Torino 2006
Greatest Moment
Crossing the finish line in the downhill at Torino 2006

Bio

In 2000, at just 14, Nick Watts was discovered at a ski camp held by Camp Quality (a not-for-profit organisation assisting children with cancer and their families), where his ski instructor introduced him to the organiser of the NSW Sports Council for the Disabled. Less than three later, he was representing Australia in France.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Down Hill
Classification: LW2
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super G
Classification: LW2
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super Combined
Classification: LW2
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Giant Slalom
Classification: LW2
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Slalom
Classification: LW2

James Millar

James Millar

Quick Facts

Disability
Absence of right forearm
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Sat, 21/12/1985
Home
Glen Iris, Victoria
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2000
First Competed for Australia
2004
Best World Rank
13
Games Experience
Torino 2006
Heroes
Too many to name
Career Highlights
8th place in sprint races in Finland 2007-2008 season
Greatest Moment
Finishing his first race at his first Paralympic Games

Bio

James Millar describes himself as determined, flippant and actual and believes this assortment of qualities will help him achieve his dream of a podium finish at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Paralympic Games.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Disciplines: Sprint
Classification: LW8
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Disciplines: Middle
Classification: LW8
Sport: Cross Country Skiing
Disciplines: Long Distance (classic and freestyle)
Classification: LW8

Julie Smith

Julie Smith

Quick Facts

Disability
Missing left fingers and pectoral muscle
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Fri, 19/11/1982
Home
Kirwan, Queensland
Occupation
Occupational therapist
Started Competing
1993
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
Silver and bronze at 2008 National Championships, bronze in 200m at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning bronze medal at Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Julie Smith is an outstanding runner who wants to promote a positive image of athletes with disabilities. She believes everybody can make a unique contribution to the world.

Sport & Disciplines

Heath Francis

Heath Francis

Quick Facts

Disability
Right arm amputee
How acquired
Machinery accident
Date of Birth
Mon, 16/11/1981
Home
Watson, ACT
Started Competing
1997
First Competed for Australia
1998
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Mum and coach Iryna Dvoskina
Career Highlights
3 gold and 1 silver at Sydney 2000, 3 silver and 2 bronze at Athens 2004; gold at 2006 Commonwealth Games; gold in the 100m, 200m and 400m at the 2006 IPC World Athletics Championships; 3 gold, 2 WR and 1 bronze at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning 400m at Beijing in front of a full stadium after training for 11 years

Bio

Born and raised in Booral, near Newcastle, NSW, Heath Francis had his right arm amputated at the age of seven after it was caught in a meat mincer on the family farm. As a child he loved playing handball with his brother.

Originally right-handed, Heath remembers the day he was discharged from hospital and beat his brother left-handed. It was at this point he realised he was not going to let his accident hold him back.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay
Classification: T46

Troy Sachs

Troy Sachs

Quick Facts

Disability
Amputee
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Wed, 03/12/1975
Home
Castle Cove, NSW
Occupation
Consultant
Started Competing
1991
First Competed for Australia
1992
Best World Rank
1
Games Experience
Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Family
Career Highlights
Gold medal at Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
1996 Atlanta gold medal, Sydney 2000 opening ceremony

Bio

Troy Sachs, OAM, ASM is one of the greats of Australian Paralympic basketball. He first represented Australia at the Paralympic Games in Barcelona in 1992 at the age of 16. In 1996, he was a gold medallist in Atlanta, where his 42 point score in the final earned him a world record. He also received an award from the Australian Paralympic Committee for the Most Outstanding Individual Performance at the Games.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Classification: 4.5

Nicole Kullen

Nicole Kullen

Quick Facts

Disability
Amputee and organ damage
How acquired
Meningococcal meningitis septicaemia
Date of Birth
Tue, 15/04/1980
Home
Rock Forest, NSW
Started Competing
2000
First Competed for Australia
2005
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Mother
Career Highlights
Silver and bronze at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships
Greatest Moment
Silver and bronze at World Championships and representing her country

Bio

In 1996, Nicole Kullen, an up and coming star in the equestrian industry, contracted meningococcal meningitis septicemia. After six weeks in an induced coma, on life support, she spent the next six months in hospital recovering from her illness and rehabilitating. Nicole’s lower legs were amputated, she lost all function in both her hands and wrists and her arm movement and strength were limited, as well as all her internal organs being damaged.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Equestrian
Classification: Grade IB

Bryce Alman

Bryce Alman

Quick Facts

Disability
Quadriplegia
How acquired
Accident
Date of Birth
Mon, 19/01/1976
Home
Glen Waverly, Victoria
Occupation
Self-employed
Started Competing
1999
First Competed for Australia
2000
Best World Rank
2
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Peter Brock and Michael Jordan
Career Highlights
Silver at Sydney 2000, bronze at 2002 World Championships, 5th at Athens 2004, 6th at 2006 World Championships, silver at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning silver medal at Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Bryce Alman became a quadriplegic after he broke his neck surfing with friends at Phillip Island in 1996. An apprentice engineer before he was injured, Bryce spent five months in hospital undergoing rehabilitation. In 1997, one year after his accident, Bryce discovered wheelchair rugby. Since then he has not looked back, representing Australia for the first time at the World Wheelchair Games in Christchurch in 1999.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
Classification: 2.0

Deahnne McIntyre

Deahnne McIntyre

Quick Facts

Disability
Spina bifida
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Wed, 09/06/1971
Home
Conder, ACT
Occupation
Public servant
Started Competing
1986
First Competed for Australia
2000
Best World Rank
3
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Carl Lewis
Career Highlights
1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze at Seoul 1988 in athletics, 5th at 2000 and 2004 Paralympics in powerlifting
Greatest Moment
Gold medal at the 1988 Paralympics with her family present in the crowd

Bio

One of Australia’s few female powerlifters, Deahnne McIntyre trains at the ACT Academy of Sport under the guidance of national coach, Ray Epstein. She is serious and committed to her sport and is also highly successful. Deahnne holds the Australian record lifting 137.5kg.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Powerlifting
Disciplines: Over 82.5kg