Blake Cochrane overcame multiple congenital limb deficiencies affecting his hands and his feet to represent Australia at three Paralympic Games.

His parents had enrolled him in swimming in an effort to alleviate his asthma, but Blake’s natural ability soon became clear to them at club-level meets and school carnivals.

A late call-up to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing saw him compete in the 100m backstroke S8 heats and be awarded a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke SB7 event. He cites his selection for the team and unexpected triumph as the greatest moments of his career.

Blake established himself as a Paralympic gold medal contender at the 2011 Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Edmonton, Canada, where he set a new world record in the 100m breaststroke final and was awarded four other gold medals in breaststroke, freestyle, individual medley and relay.

Blake travelled to London in 2012 to attend …

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Date of birth
25 January 1991
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Hands and feet limb deficiency
How acquired
Scarborough, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning the silver medal in Beijing in the 100m breaststroke

Greatest sporting moments

Being called up for the Beijing Paralympic Team - he missed out on the initial team and received a late call up

Heroes/role models

Adam Gilchrist, Grant Hackett


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB7
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S8
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S8

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