Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right arm limb deficiency
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
May 14, 1988
Home
Watson, ACT
Occupation
Information technician
Started Competing
1999
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Neil Fuller

Career Highlights

Breaking the 1500m world record

Bio

Michael Roeger says that he isn’t scared of anything, but if he was, there’s little chance anything could catch him.

Born in South Australia, the Canberra local got involved in Para-athletics at the age of 12 after four-time Paralympian, Neil Fuller, spoke at his school, introducing him to the movement. Not knowing many people with a disability, Michael was inspired by Neil and decided to pursue a career in sport.

He laced up for the second leg of the 4x100m relay at the 2011 IPC World Championships in Christchurch, but it is in the middle-distance events that he excels.  Michael landed two bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m at his first international competition, the 2006 FESPIC Games in Malaysia, and in 2007 claimed his first National Championship victories in the same events.

Michael has competed at three Paralympic Games to date, but really came into his own post-London. At the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon, he won bronze in the 1500m and 5000m, and in June 2015 he smashed the 1500m world record. 18 months earlier he had come within a second of breaking the record, so this was a moment of elation for Michael. He wishes he could bottle the feelings he had and experience it all over again. Unfortunately, a drug test was not available at the event and the result could not be ratified.

These successes were followed by bronze medal wins in the 1500m at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Expertly guided by Philo Saunders, Michael prepares himself for each race by scheduling his warm up the day before. Since the London Games, he also takes off his socks before stepping onto the track, as he believes he runs faster without them.

Michael often turns to his immediate family for inspiration. His dad, an “all-round legend,” has supported him throughout his athletics career, and he admires his twin brother’s dedication to his medical career.

A keen sports fan, Michael likes to play AFL and golf in his spare time, between training and studying for a degree in advertising and marketing.

In ten years’ time, Michael hopes to be operating a hobby farm in South Australia and running marathons.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T46