Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb deficiency
How acquired
Date of Birth
September 11, 1992
Kilmore, VIC
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Reaching the 800m final at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France


Hailing from Victoria’s oldest inland town of Kilmore, Jake Lappin is quickly making a name for himself in the world of wheelchair racing.

Not long after attending a racing-specific training camp, he began competing alongside Australian Paralympic legends, Kurt Fearnley and Richard Coleman, and in 2010 he represented Australia at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Jake was also dominant at the National Underage Championships that year, taking home five gold medals.

He made his Paralympic debut at the 2012 Games in London, and was a member of the 4x100m relay team that took bronze. The following year Jake competed at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, and then again in 2015 in Doha, Qatar.

His career still in its infancy, Jake was ranked 17th in the world in the 400m and 800m heading into the 2016 Paralympic Games, but was confident in his ability to reach new heights in Rio.

Unfortunately, Jake was forced to withdraw from competition due to illness just two events into his Games campaign, meaning the Australian 4x400m relay team comprising Jake, Kurt, Richard and Sam Carter did not compete in the final.

When he isn’t studying, training or competing, Jake enjoys hanging out with his mates and playing the guitar and drums. He enjoys listening to Daft Punk, and is working towards one day owning a gym. A special talent of Jake’s is his ability to perform push-ups without the use of his legs.

In 10 years’ time Jake hopes to be competing at such a level that he is able to beat the times of his role model, five-time Paralympian Kurt.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 400m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 800m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4X400 relay Classification: T54