Silver and bronze at the 2007 FEI World Para Equestrian Dressage Championships
Silver and bronze at World Championships and representing her country
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.
Gold medal and world record in 100m butterfly Berlin 2006, bronze medal in 100m butterfly Athens 2004, gold and silver in Beijing 2008
World record in Berlin
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.
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
Disciplines: 50m,100m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 4x100 freestyle relay, 4x100 medley relay
Competing at Beijing Paralympics, 4th place at the European Championships in the falling plates, shooting the international qualifying score for Paralympic selection
Representing Australia at the 2008 Paralympic Games
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
Disciplines: Air pistol, 25m sport pistol, 50m free pistol
Bronze at the IFDS Paralympic test event in Qingdao May 2008 (SKUD Class), silver at Beijing 2008
Winning silver at the Beijing Paralympics
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.
Lleyton Hewitt, Jon Curren, Simba from The Lion King
World Team Cups in Brazil and Sweden
Competing at the Beijing Games as part of the Australian team
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.
Qualifying for Beijing and playing in front of 6000 table tennis fans at the Beijing Games
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.
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.
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.
Making the Australian squad, finishing 10th at Sochi 2014, carrying the Australian flag in the Sochi Closing Ceremony
Training daily with the team
For 14-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.