Summer Sports

Dean Nottle

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Quick Facts

Disability
Inclusion body myositis
How acquired
Degenerative muscle disease
Date of Birth
Fri, 23/05/1952
Home
Yattalunga, NSW
Occupation
Book editor
Started Competing
2011
First Competed for Australia
2013
Heroes
Sydney Swans player Brett Kirk
Career Highlights
Being named captain of the Australian Para-boccia squad
Greatest Moment
Being in the crowd for both the Sydney Swans 2005 AFL Premiership win and Cathy Freeman winning gold at Sydney 2000

Bio

Thoughtful and considered are two words fellow athletes would use to describe Dean Nottle, whose goal in life is to be the best he can be.

The 60-year-old, who is passionate about living life to its fullest, developed a degenerative muscle disease later in life and in 2011, took up boccia as a way to be involved with sport where he wasn’t scoring or timekeeping.  

Since then, he has been training with New South Wales boccia coaches in Woy Woy on the state’s central coast and hopes to make his Australian debut soon.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Boccia
Disciplines: Individual
Classification: BC4
Sport: Boccia
Disciplines: Pairs
Classification: BC4

Daniel Michel

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Quick Facts

Disability
Spinal muscular atrophy type 2
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Fri, 18/08/1995
Home
Heathcote, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2013
Heroes
Michael Clarke, Cathy Freeman, Tu Huynh
Career Highlights
Winning the Victorian State Titles in 2013
Greatest Moment
Watching Michael Clarke score a triple century when his whole side was in trouble

Bio

Daniel Michel has only played boccia for a little while but his passion and determination in the sport is there for all to see. Having grown up loving and watching sport, especially cricket, discovering boccia changed this Sydney teenager’s life.

Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Daniel found it difficult to play most sports until he found boccia as a 15-year-old. Since then, he has competed at a number of state titles, experiencing victory in the 2013 Victorian State Titles, and hopes to one day compete at a Paralympic Games, with Rio 2016 firmly in his sights.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Boccia
Disciplines: Individual
Classification: BC3
Sport: Boccia
Disciplines: Pairs
Classification: BC3

Victoria Pendergast

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Quick Facts

Disability
Sacral agenesis
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Fri, 25/01/1991
Home
East Gosford, NSW
Occupation
Telemarketer
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience
Spchi 2014
Heroes
American sit skiers Alana Nichols and Laura Stevens
Career Highlights
Winning silver in the slalom at the 2013 North America Cup
Greatest Moment
Winning silver in the slalom at the 2013 North America Cup, competing at Sochi 2014

Bio

As a child, Victoria ‘Tori’ Pendergast was on a family holiday at the snow when Disabled Wintersports Australia spotted her on the slopes. Having opened her and her family’s eyes to the world of Paralympic ski racing, Tori attended a number of camps with the APC development squad and in 2010 made her competitive debut at the New Zealand Winter Games.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super G
Classification: LW12-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Downhill
Classification: LW12-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Slalom
Classification: LW12-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Giant slalom
Classification: LW12-1
Sport: Alpine Skiing
Disciplines: Super combined
Classification: LW12-1

Torita Isaac

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy and vision impairment
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Wed, 05/07/1995
Home
Marsden, QLD
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2012
Heroes
Sally Pearson, Cathy Freeman, Katrina Webb

Bio

For 17-year-old Torita Isaac, athletics means everything. As one of Australia’s brightest sparks for the future, she is set to make her international debut on the world’s biggest stage at the London Paralympic Games.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 100m
Classification: T38
Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 200m
Classification: T38
Sport: Athletics
Disciplines: 4x100m relay
Classification: T38

Sarah Rose

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Quick Facts

Disability
Short stature - Achondroplasia
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 18/02/1986
Home
Pymble, NSW
Occupation
Admin assistant at the House with No Steps
Started Competing
2001
First Competed for Australia
2003
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Martin Luther King
Career Highlights
Bronze at Athens 2004; fourth at Beijing 2008
Greatest Moment
Bronze at Athens 2004

Bio

Sarah Rose first competed in swimming in 2001 after being inspired by the Sydney Paralympic Games. She moved speedily through the ranks and made her Australian debut two years later at the Canadian National Championships.

It didn’t take long for Sarah to realise her Paralympic dream as she was selected in the Australian swimming team for the 2004 Games.

The Pymble resident emerged from Athens with a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly and stamped her authority with a series of sterling performances in the following years.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m butterfly
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m butterfly
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM6

Jeremy McClure

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impairment - Lebers hereditary optic neuropathy
How acquired
Hereditary condition presented at age 15
Date of Birth
Mon, 25/05/1987
Home
Mount Pleasant, WA
Occupation
Student/part time remedial massage therapist
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2003
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
His sisters
Career Highlights
Competing at two Paralympic Games
Greatest Moment
Being selected for the Paralympic Team

Bio

Jeremy McClure may have lost 98 per cent of his sight at the age of 15, but he did not lose his vision for inspiring young people.

The West Australian turned his disability into a passion for swimming and his immediate success in the pool received acclaim from those around him. In just his second year of competing for Australia, Jeremy was first selected in the swimming team for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games.

He then reached his second consecutive Paralympic final in the 100m backstroke at Beijing 2008.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m backstroke
Classification: S12
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S12
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m breaststroke
Classification: SB12
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: SB12
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m freestyle
Classification: S12
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m freestyle
Classification: S12

Reagan Wickens

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Quick Facts

Disability
Short stature - Achondraplasia
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Fri, 16/12/1994
Home
Grays Point, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2004
Heroes
Geoff Huegill
Career Highlights
Competing in four events at the 2009 Youth Paralympics

Bio

Young swimming prospect Reagan Wickens is running into form at just the right time, shaping as one to watch out for at London 2012.

Born with achondraplasia, a bone growth disorder that causes dwarfism, Reagan first made waves at the 2009 Australian Paralympic Youth Games, taking home five medals, including gold in the 100m breaststroke.

He has since gone from strength to strength and won all three of his events at the 2011 NSW Multi Class Championships as well as two gold and four silver medals at the 2011 Para-Pan Pacific Championships.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m butterfly
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S6

Aaron Rhind

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Quick Facts

Disability
Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Stroke
Date of Birth
Wed, 13/02/1991
Home
Yass, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2010
Heroes
Adam Pine
Career Highlights
Breaking the world record at a short course championships in the 100m butterfly
Greatest Moment
Making his first National Swimming Team in 2010

Bio

Bursting onto the scene at the 2009 Australian Short Course Championships, Aaron Rhind broke the world record in the 100m butterfly, cutting a whopping 3.41 seconds off the original record. He swam six personal best times at the event and has since gone from strength to strength. After dropping back to the S6 category for the 2011 Arafura Games, he picked up one silver and two bronze medals from a successful campaign in Darwin.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m butterfly
Classification: S6

Katrina Porter

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Quick Facts

Disability
Joint fusion - Arthrogryposis multiplex congenita
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Tue, 29/11/1988
Home
Floreat, WA
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2004
First Competed for Australia
2004
Games Experience
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
South African Paralympian Natalie Du Toit
Career Highlights
Gold medal in Beijing
Greatest Moment
Gold medal in Beijing

Bio

Swimmer Katrina Porter is not a fan of birds but that doesn’t mean she can’t fly. She won a gold medal and smashed the world record in the 100m backstroke at the 2008 Paralympic Games, living out a long held dream. The only female swimmer to win a gold medal at the Beijing Games, Katrina broke the world record in her heat before taking home first prize in the final. In 2009, Katrina received the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her service to sport as a gold medallist.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S7
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m freestyle
Classification: S7
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: SB6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM7

Matthew Haanappel

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Quick Facts

Disability
Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Sat, 21/05/1994
Home
Croydon Hills, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience
London 2012
Heroes
Cadel Evans, Matt Cowdrey
Career Highlights
Winning gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze in the 4x100m medley relay at London 2012
Greatest Moment
Geoff Huegill’s comeback to win gold at the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games

Bio

Despite only having recently burst onto the scene, Matthew Haanappel has set his sights for the top of Paralympic sport. Heading into his first Paralympic Games in London, he was hungry for gold and achieved his dream as part of the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team. And if gold wasn’t enough, the 18-year-old helped the medley relay team to a bronze medal to finish his debut Games campaign.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 50m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 400m freestyle
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: SB6
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 200m individual medley
Classification: SM6