Michael Roeger does not scare easy. No wonder why, either. Mere mortals fear snakes and spiders, and the three-time Paralympian has the endurance and speed to beat both in a foot race.

Michael got his start in Para-athletics as a 12-year-old, when six-time Paralympic champion Neil Fuller dropped by his school in the small South Australian town of Langhorne Creek and encouraged him to give racing a go.

However, unlike Neil, who won most of his gold medals over 100m, Michael was better suited to middle-distance running, and contested three events – the men’s 800m T46, men’s 1500m T46 and men’s 5000m T46 – on debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His best result was seventh place over 1500m, but a lot can change in four years, and by the time of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Michael was one of the top medal hopes of the Australian Para-athletics …

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Date of birth
14 May 1988
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right through-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Bruce, ACT
Occupation
Research consultant
Started competing
1999
First competed for Australia
2006
Sport career highlights

Breaking the men’s 1500m T46 world record in June 2015

Heroes/role models

His dad, Neil Fuller

Favourite quote
To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T46
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Marathon Classification: T46

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