When Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Paralympic Games, Luke Bailey was there competing in a marathon. He has always wanted to return to the Japanese capital, and when better than for his Paralympic debut.

Luke, who has caudal regression syndrome and spina bifida, first began competing in Para-athletics after an introduction to wheelchair racing great Kurt Fearnley. From the moment that Luke sat in Kurt’s racing chair, Luke was sold. In 2016, he teamed up with Kurt’s long-time coach, Andrew Dawes, and is now working with him towards selection to the 2020 Australian Paralympic Team.

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games will be the first that Kurt has missed since in two decades, so it feels more than fitting that his former coach’s new prodigy goes in his place.

However, before Tokyo came November’s 2019 World Para-athletics Championships. While Luke had some practice competing internationally, including at the 2018 and 2019 …

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Date of birth
17 September 1997
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Caudal regression syndrome and spina bifida
How acquired
Wingham, NSW
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2018 World Para-athletics Grand Prix event in Nottwil, Switzerland

Greatest sporting moments

Watching Kurt Fearnley win the men’s marathon T54 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, QLD


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4x100m Classification: T54

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