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
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right through-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Bruce, ACT
Research consultant
Started competing
First competed for Australia
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


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

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