Summer Sports

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

Sam Bramham

Sam Bramham

Quick Facts

Disability
Above knee amputee
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Mon, 23/05/1988
Home
Ivanhoe, Victoria
Occupation
Student
First Competed for Australia
2004
Best World Rank
1
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Geoff Huegill
Career Highlights
Gold medal and world record in 100m butterfly Berlin 2006, bronze medal in 100m butterfly Athens 2004, gold and silver in Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
World record in Berlin

Bio

Sam Bramham certainly entered the Australian Paralympic team with a splash, breaking the world record in the heats of the 100m butterfly at the Athens Paralympics, his first race for the team. He later went on to win a bronze medal in the finals. In 2006, Sam managed to win the 100m butterfly in Berlin and again capture the world record.

Sam, like any other person his age, enjoys relaxing by hanging out with his mates and going to the movies to unwind. Apart from his professional swimming, Sam has also played various other sports such as AFL, rugby union and water polo.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m butterfly, 100m, 400m freestyle
Classification: S9

Ben Austin

Ben Austin

Quick Facts

Disability
Left arm amputee
How acquired
Birth complications
Date of Birth
Fri, 07/11/1980
Home
Dee Why, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
1996
First Competed for Australia
1999
Games Experience
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Mohammed Ali
Career Highlights
2 gold and 4 WR at 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze & WR in 100m freestyle & 100m butterfly at the 2004 Athens Games, 1 gold and 1 silver at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
2002 Commonwealth Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008

Bio

Over a decade ago, a young swimmer named Ben Austin burst on to the Australian swimming scene. With countless World Championships, two Commonwealth Games and three Paralympic Games behind him, Ben holds 11 Paralympic medals and is a veteran of the Australian Paralympic swim team.



Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m,100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100 freestyle relay, 4x100 medley relay
Classification: S8, SM8

Sebastian Hume

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy right hemiplegia
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Fri, 02/10/1987
Home
Mildura, Victoria
Occupation
Student
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Career Highlights
Competing at Beijing Paralympics, 4th place at the European Championships in the falling plates, shooting the international qualifying score for Paralympic selection
Greatest Moment
Representing Australia at the 2008 Paralympic Games

Bio

Sebastian Hume, who was born with cerebral palsy, is a confident young shooter who has risen to become one of the Australian shooting teams’ youngest athletes. He made his first Australian team at the age of 17 when he was selected for the Australian Open team at the European Championships.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Shooting
Disciplines: Air pistol, 25m sport pistol, 50m free pistol
Classification: SH1

Rachael Cox

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Quick Facts

Disability
Incomplete tetraplegia
How acquired
Surfing accident
Date of Birth
Sat, 13/09/1975
Home
Brisbane, Queensland
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2007
Best World Rank
3
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Jamie Dunross, John Cox
Career Highlights
Bronze at the IFDS Paralympic test event in Qingdao May 2008 (SKUD Class), silver at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Winning silver at the Beijing Paralympics

Bio

Rachael first represented Australia at the IFDS World Championships in 2006 in the 2.4mR class and from then on was determined to sail in as many international events as possible. Later that year she went on to win a silver medal at the FESPIC Games in Kuala Lumpur in the 2.3 single person access class.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Sailing
Disciplines: SKUD 18 and 2.4mR

Michael Dobbie

Michael Dobbie

Quick Facts

Disability
Paraplegia
How acquired
Motorbike accident
Date of Birth
Tue, 05/02/1980
Home
Tatura, Victoria
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2006
Best World Rank
47
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Lleyton Hewitt, Jon Curren, Simba from The Lion King
Career Highlights
World Team Cups in Brazil and Sweden
Greatest Moment
Competing at the Beijing Games as part of the Australian team

Bio

Michael Dobbie describes the Beijing Paralympic Games as the best experience of his life. The competition aside, he believes walking out in the Opening Ceremony made the last four years training worth it and taking part in the Closing Ceremony inspired him to continue playing tennis until the next Games in London.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Tennis
Disciplines: Open men’s singles

Sarah Lazzaro

Sarah Lazzaro

Quick Facts

Disability
Blount’s disease
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Wed, 15/09/1993
Home
Allansford, Victoria
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2007
Best World Rank
7
Games Experience
Beijing 2008
Heroes
Sophie Delezio
Greatest Moment
Qualifying for Beijing and playing in front of 6000 table tennis fans at the Beijing Games

Bio

Sarah Lazzaro believes everything happens for a reason and that you should never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. With this determination she is striving for success in a career in table tennis.

Sport & Disciplines

Christian Geiger

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Date of Birth
Tue, 29/03/1988
Home
Bright, VIC
Occupation
Skier
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
2008
Games Experience
Sochi 2014

Bio

An athlete’s journey to a Paralympic Games can often be filled with many twists and turns. Christian Geiger knows this all too well.

Christian is a sighted guide for the vision impaired members of the Australian Paralympic Winter Team and is responsible for leading them down the course by communicating directions, snow conditions and tactics while skiing at high speed. It is a highly specialised, high risk job, for which he is highly qualified.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Downhill
Classification: Sighted guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Slalom,
Classification: Sighted guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Giant slalom
Classification: Sighted guide
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super G
Classification: Sighted guide

Joany Badenhorst

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Quick Facts

Disability
Lower leg limb loss
How acquired
Farm accident
Date of Birth
Wed, 10/08/1994
Home
Griffith, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2012
First Competed for Australia
2009
Heroes
Sam Cawthorne (Australian motivational speaker)

Bio

Originally from South Africa, Joany Badenhorst was involved in a severe tractor accident in 2005. While playing with a group of friends on her parents' farm, a group of labourers were busy with a tractor, clearing firebreaks. Joany’s pants were caught in the power take-off shaft of the tractor, amputating her left leg below the knee. Unbelievably, the man driving the tractor died in the same vehicle one month later due to a bushfire.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Para-Snowboard
Disciplines: Para-snowboarding cross
Classification: SB-LL

Ben Tudhope

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy hemiplegia
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
Mon, 13/12/1999
Home
Manly, NSW
Occupation
School student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience
Sochi 2014
Heroes
Matt Robinson
Career Highlights
Making the Australian squad, finishing 10th at Sochi 2014, carrying the Australian flag in the Sochi Closing Ceremony
Greatest Moment
Placing 10th at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games

Bio

For 15-year-old Ben Tudhope, his sisters are a major source of inspiration, but after a stellar Paralympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, they may now be turning to him for some inspiration.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Para-Snowboard
Disciplines: Snowboard
Classification: SB-LL