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… Read More

Quick Facts

Vision Impairment – Retinitis pigmentosa
How acquired
Date of Birth
January 7, 2001
West Croydon, SA
Started Competing
Games Experience

Rio 2016


Lionel Messi

Career Highlights

Winning bronze at the 2014 Nationals

Greatest Moment

Winning gold at his second School Sports Comp

Sports & Disciplines

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