Michelle Rzepecki was born with rod monochromatism, meaning she can only see in black and white.

Introduced to goalball as a teenager, she attracted the attention of former Australian head coach Georgie Kenaghan while representing New South Wales at the Australian National Goalball Championships.

Guided by Georgie, Michelle began training with the Australian women’s development squad in 2011 with the idea of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

To her surprise, Michelle made her international debut that year at the African-Oceania regional Paralympic qualifying competition. The Aussie Belles defeated New Zealand and earned automatic selection for London 2012, becoming the first Australian goalball team to qualify for a Paralympic Games since Sydney 2000.

They lost all four preliminary matches at the Games, placing fifth behind Canada, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Originally the Belles weren’t selected to compete at Rio 2016, only receiving the call-up when Russia was …

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Date of birth
6 November 1986
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Rod monochromatism
How acquired
Redfern, NSW, ACT
Operations Business Analyst at Allianz
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Heroes/role models

Jenny Blow


  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3

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