After narrowly missing a place on the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, comeback king Grant ‘Scooter’ Patterson is fitter and faster than ever, and ready to contest his second Paralympic Games.

Scooter – named after the scooter he uses to get around – first hit the pool as an 11-year-old. Para-swimming wasn’t necessarily his first choice – rather, it was one of the only sports available to people like him with diastrophic dysplasia who dreamed of competing internationally. And before anything else, Scooter is a competitor.

In 2007, Scooter met his current coach, Andrew ‘Herbie’ Howard, who immediately recognised his talent, and together they worked towards selection to the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team. Ultimately, one-and-a-half seconds was what stood between Scooter and a Games debut in China, and he spent the next four years making up for it.

A world record at the 2009 Australian Swimming Championships saw Scooter go down …

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Date of birth
19 May 1989
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012

Physical Impairment – Diastrophic dysplasia
How acquired
Cairns, QLD
Automotive parts salesman
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Becoming the first S3 athlete to break the two-minute mark in the men’s 100m backstroke


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m backstroke Classification: S3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m breaststroke Classification: SB2
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 150m individual medley Classification: SM3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m freestyle Classification: S3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m freestyle Classification: S3
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m medley Classification: S3

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