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First Competed for Australia
Anyone who digs deep and finds inner strength to do things they thought were impossible
Fifth place finish at 2010 Seoul marathon - three seconds behind the winner
Kieran Perkins winning gold against all odds at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics
Twenty-four years after his initial Paralympics experience in Seoul 1988, marathon man Brett McArthur is remarkably poised for his second Games at London 2012.
A paraplegic stemming from a motocross injury in 1983, Brett soon devoted himself to excelling in athletics. He did not take long to make his mark, qualifying for the Seoul 1988 Paralympics, where he finished 17th in the 400m and 20th in the 800m.
After Seoul, Brett stopped racing for more than a decade before devoting himself to the marathon event in 2005. His times dropped noticeably over the next five years, dropping over ten minutes off his initial times. The hard work culminated in Brett winning silver at the 2010 Sydney Marathon and placing fifth at the 2010 Seoul Marathon.
To Brett has trained intensely for his assault on the marathon event at the London 2012 Games and plans to give it everything he has, believing he is capable of surprising even himself. Ultimately, Brett’s aim is to be in a position where he can finish towards the front of the field, providing a reward for all the hard work and preparation.
When he’s not completing the kilometres required for Paralympic qualification, Brett pursues his passion of driving and motor sports. He has a keen interest in engineering and enjoys learning new skills in any field. He formerly managed a small manufacturing business but is now intent on focusing on athletics. Brett has lapped up the travelling experience athletics has provided him and hopes to see more of the world in the not too distant future.
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