Jake Lappin is one of Australia’s premier wheelchair racers.

He first made his presence felt internationally at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, where he was one of three Australians to qualify for the men’s 1500m T54 final. Competing alongside racing royalty Kurt Fearnley and Richard Colman, who went on to win the gold and silver medal, Jake pushed the 10-man field all the way. Ultimately, finishing in seventh place and with a target on his back ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

In London, Jake placed seventh in his heat of the men’s 800m T54 and was disqualified from the men’s 400m T54. As disappointing as this experience was for Jake, he was a better athlete for it, and went on to achieve selection to the Australian teams for the 2013 and 2015 World Championships.

With the support of his long-time coach Fred Periac, Jake looked set …

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Date of birth
11 September 1992
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Caudal regression syndrome
How acquired
Belconnen, ACT
Athlete, student
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the men’s 1500m T54 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, QLD

Greatest sporting moments

Luke Hodge kicking “that sweet goal” in the 2015 Australian Football League Grand Final

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 400m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 5000m Classification: T54

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