Jake Michel, no relation to Australian boccia star Dan Michel, shares his compatriot’s passion for competition and ability to convert hard work into podium success.

A breaststroke specialist, Jake first began competing in Para-swimming in 2014, but it was only after being named to the Dolphins’ development squad in 2018 that Australians realised what they had on their hands – a future Paralympic champion.

At the 2018 Pan Pacific Para-swimming Championships in Cairns, QLD, Jake blitzed the field in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB4-9/11-13 heats. However, as a member of the development squad and not the Australian team, he missed the final – and the opportunity to win his first medal at an international meet.

But not for long. After being internationally classified at the 2019 World Para-swimming World Series, Jake won two gold medals over 50m and 100m, finishing 144 points ahead of teammate Ahmed Kelly in the 50m …

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Date of birth
19 September 1997
Past Paralympic Games


Intellectual Impairment
How acquired
Birkdale, QLD
Gym trainee
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2018 Pan Pacific Championships Trials, where he set a new Australian record in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB14

Greatest sporting moments

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 100m breaststroke at the 2019 World Para-swimming World Series in Melbourne, VIC

Heroes/role models

Adam Peaty


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB14

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