A rising star in Para-canoe, Dylan Littlehales made his Australian debut at 15, hitting international waters for the first time at the 2015 International Canoe Federation (ICF) Canoe Sprint and Para-canoe World Championships in Milan, Italy. Although he was the youngest competitor in Milan by three years, Dylan raced strongly to record a top eight result in the B final of the men’s kayak KL3.

A combination of hard work and raw talent meant that it did not take Dylan long to prove to selectors that he was worthy of a place on the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team. Training under David Birt and Paul Hutchinson, he spent six days a week on the water and three days a week in the gym preparing for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, modelling his style after Australian able-bodied paddlers Lachlan Tame and Rob McIntyre.

Dylan not only achieved his goal of a Paralympic …

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Date of birth
2 November 1999
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
How acquired
Wamberal, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the men’s kayak KL3 at the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint and Para-canoe World Cup in Szeged, Hungary

Greatest sporting moments

Being a spectator for the last day of Para-canoe competition at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and watching Curt McGrath, AJ Reynolds and Susan Seipel all win medals

Favourite quote
Only God knows. You're talking to him now - Zlatan Ibrahimovic


  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: Kayak Classification: KL3

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