From small beginnings big things grow, and Michael Anderson is now a Paralympic medallist. A country boy at heart, Michael grew up in the northern New South Wales town of Bellingen. He had meningitis when he was 20 months old, resulting in severe hearing loss in both ears and nerve damage to the lower limbs.

He grew up living an easy-going life and whenever the opportunity arose, he could be found at the beach relaxing with his friends. But never did he think his affinity with the water would result in Paralympic success.

Michael made his Australian team debut in 2005 competing at the Deaflympics in Melbourne, placing sixth in the 50m backstroke.

Michael won a silver medal at the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in the 100m backstroke. At his first Paralympic Games in Beijing, he again won a silver medal in the 100m backstroke, a performance of which …

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Date of birth
12 July 1987
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Nerve damage to legs, hearing impairment
How acquired
Neuropathy from meningitis
Repton, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the 100m backstroke in Beijing 2008

Greatest sporting moments

Competing in Beijing and the atmosphere of it all

Heroes/role models

Roger Federer, Muhammad Ali


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m Freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m Freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10

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