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Date of Birth
St Marys, NSW
First Competed for Australia
Ben Austin and Michael Phelps
3 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze at Beijing 2008; 2 gold, 2 silver and a bronze at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships
Becoming world champion in the 100m backstroke
Nicknamed ‘Pipes’, swimmer Peter Leek is determined to make a mark for himself. He left that mark in Beijing where he squashed the dreams of many swimmers by winning a medal in each of his events which included three gold, four silver and one bronze medal.
Peter was born with cerebral palsy and began swimming at the age of eight as he was told it would help his disability. Since then he has never looked back, working hard and training six days a week. He believes the 4x100m medley relay was his favourite race in Beijing, as he not only won a gold medal in world record time but was able to swim with his friends and share the experience together.
In 2006, Peter debuted on the swimming scene, winning two gold, two silver and a bronze at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships. In 2008 at his first Paralympic Games, Peter won eight medals and finished the Games as the highest medalling Australian athlete along with fellow swimmer Matthew Cowdrey. On top of his medals, he broke four world records and four Paralympic records. Leading in to the Games, Peter had hoped to race good times and was very happy with his champion performance.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 400m freestyle 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m individual medley, 4x100m medley, 4x100m freestyle
Classification: S8, SB8, SM8