Liam Bekric was born with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary, degenerative eye condition that results in tunnel vision and can lead to blindness. It was detected when he was six years old.

Liam started swimming lessons when he was three years old. His older brother swam at a club and Liam wanted to join so he could be the fastest and beat him.

He started competitive swimming in 2011 and had his breakthrough year in 2014.

He competed at the Australian Open Championships for the first time in 2014 and in November that year won a bronze medal in the multi-class 50m breaststroke at the Australian Short Course Championships. Liam was just 13 years old, the youngest competitor at the event, racing competitors 10 years his senior. He was just 0.1 of a second off getting silver.

At the 2015 Australian Open Championships Liam made the final in the 50m breaststroke …

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Date of birth
7 January 2001
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Retinitis pigmentosa
How acquired
West Croydon, SA
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze at the 2014 Nationals

Greatest sporting moments

Winning gold at his second School Sports Comp

Heroes/role models

Lionel Messi


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM13
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S13

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