Grant Patterson

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Quick Facts

Joint fusion - Diastrophic dysplasia
How acquired
Date of Birth
Fri, 19/05/1989
Cairns, QLD
Office worker
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights
Two gold, one silver at 2010 Berlin International Championships and two gold, one bronze at 2009 Arafura Games
Greatest Moment
100m backstroke title at 2009 Australian Open


Nicknamed “Scooter” due to the scooter he uses to move around, Grant Patterson is known as a larrikin on the Australian swim team. Describing himself as the ‘short funny guy’, Grant is training to be as big a hit in the pool as he is on the pool deck. He is well on track to excel at London 2012 after breaking the S3 100m backstroke world record at the 2011 National Championships.

Born with diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism, Grant took up swimming when he was 11 years old. At his first international meet at the 2009 Arafura Games, he won two gold in the 200m freestyle and 150m individual medley and bronze in the 50m breaststroke.

Grant sees fish as his major inspiration in swimming. Ironically, when he’s not swimming he enjoys fishing as well as playing AFL, cricket and ice hockey. Also admiring Billy Slater for his athleticism, Grant believes his parents have been the most influential people in his short swimming career and credits them with introducing him to sport he loves.

After swimming, Grant hopes to work in sports medicine as a personal trainer, nutritionist or sports psychologist. In recent times, he has focused on maintaining a diet high in protein and the move has resulted in significantly improved times. The Queenslander has been hard at work in training with coach Herbie Howard and is poised to shine at London 2012.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m breaststroke
Classification: SB2
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 100m backstroke
Classification: S3
Sport: Swimming
Disciplines: 150m individual medley
Classification: SM3