Liam Schluter, who was born with an intellectual impairment, learned to swim when he was two-years-old at Kawana Aquatic Centre in Queensland, where he now works as a groundsman. Liam immersed himself in sport; he played rugby league for two years and tennis for three years, and also tried soccer, golf and indoor cricket, before joining his sister in the squads training program when he was ten. Around this time, Liam hilariously recalls, competing in a butterfly event swimming breaststroke instead. His coaches soon recognised his potential, so he joined the local surf lifesaving club and competed for four years. The skills Liam learned in his time there have helped to place him among only a handful of swimmers who perform strongly in both sprint and endurance racing. At the 2015 GHSF Australian Age Multi-class Championships in Sydney, Liam competed in the 50m freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly, 100m freestyle and… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Intellectual Impairment
Sport
Para-swimming
Date of Birth
January 11, 1999
Home
Minyama, QLD
Occupation
Groundsman
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Matthew Cowdrey, Justin Hodges and Corey Parker

Career Highlights

Gold medal in the 400m freestyle at the 2015 INAS
Global Games in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Greatest Moment

Selection for Australia at the 2015 INAS Global Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 200m freestyle Classification: S14
  • Sport: Para-swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM14