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Acquired brain injury
Date of Birth
Chelsea Heights, VIC
First Competed for Australia
Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Former Hawthorn AFL player Shane Crawford
Winning his 10th gold medal in Beijing 4x100m relay and winning his first gold in Sydney for his father, who passed away in 1998
Representing Australia in Sydney in front of a home crowd
Ten-time Paralympic gold medallist Tim Sullivan enters London 2012 as the most celebrated Australian Paralympian of all time. Far from finished, the legendary Australian sprinter is looking to further entrench his place in history.
At his first Games at Sydney 2000, Tim stole the show to take home an amazing five gold medals and five world records. In a gasping array of performances in front of his home crowd, the Victorian made worldwide news.
Since then he won another four gold medals at the 2002 World Athletics Championships in France, four gold medals at Athens in 2004 and an outstanding five gold medals at the 2006 IPC World Championships.
At his last Paralympic Games in Beijing, Tim needed to win one gold medal to become the highest gold medalling Australian Paralympic athlete of all time. With fellow Australian Evan O’Hanlon winning two of his events and a shattering disqualification in the 400m, gold medal number ten was moving further and further away. In his last race as anchor for the 4x100m relay, Australia won gold in world record time to secure Tim’s place in history. An emotional Tim dedicated the gold medal to his father, who had passed away ten years earlier.
Tim continues to be an imposing presence in world athletics, exemplified by his scorching final leg of the 4x100m relay in the 2011 World Championships. While Australia took home the bronze medal, Tim mowed down the front runners to almost snatch victory.
Tim is a dedicated Hawthorn supporter and was thrilled to see the Hawks win the 2007 premiership. He is also interested in the horticulture industry, where he intends to secure a job down the track.
In 2000 Tim was awarded the Male Paralympian of the Year (VIS) and an Award of Excellence. He topped this in 2004 by being awarded Paralympian of the Year (VIS) and the Athlete with a Disability Award.
When he does retire from athletics, he will look into cycling. “I will always be into sport,” he says. London 2012 offers another opportunity for fans and athletes alike to marvel at one of the most celebrated athletes in Paralympic history.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: 4x100m relay