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 …

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Date of birth
11 January 1999
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Intellectual Impairment
How acquired
Minyama, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

Selection for Australia at the 2015 INAS Global Games

Heroes/role models

Matthew Cowdrey, Justin Hodges and Corey Parker


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

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