Michael Gallagher

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Quick Facts

Erbs palsy - nerve damage in right shoulder
How acquired
Accident at birth
Date of Birth
Thu, 14/12/1978
Taylors Lakes, VIC
Business owner
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience
Beijing 2008, London 2012
Chris Scott, James Hird, Roger Federer
Career Highlights
Winning gold in the 4km individual pursuit and bronze in the individual time trial at London 2012
Greatest Moment
Winning the 2006 World Championships 4km pursuit, being part of the Australian team in Beijing


Michael Gallagher entered London 2012 as one of the most decorated members of the Australian cycling team. At his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, Michael won gold in the individual pursuit and bronze in the individual road race.

He also placed fourth twice in the team sprint and the 1km time trial in Beijing. While fairly happy with his performance, he knew he could be better and focused on the London Paralympics.

In his quest for success in London, Michael recorded multiple world championship and national championship titles along the way. He won gold at the 2009 Track World Championships in the 4km time trial, gold in the individual pursuit and silver in the road time trial at the 2011 Track and Road World Championships as well as another gold in the 4km individual pursuit and bronze in men’s scratch race at the 2012 Track World Championships. His form heading into London was so good, he was the world and Paralympic record holder in the C5 4km individual pursuit.

Michael’s hard work paid off and he won gold in his pet event, the 4km individual pursuit and broke his own world record to finish 10 seconds faster than his time that won him gold in Beijing. He also won bronze in the road time trial.

Born in Scotland, Michael moved to Australia in 1983 as a five-year-old. An accident at birth resulted in nerve damage to his right shoulder which affects the movement and strength in his right arm.

He started riding a racing bike in 2004 and first competed for Australia at the European Championships in August 2005. He made rapid improvements following these Championships and he became a dual world champion and world record holder in just 12 months.

Away from the bike, Michael is the owner of a construction business. This allows for flexibility so he can juggle his training commitments, which see him ride about 600-700 kilometres per week.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: 4km individual pursuit
Classification: C5
Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Road race
Classification: C5
Sport: Cycling
Disciplines: Road time trial
Classification: C5