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… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Rod monochromatism
Sport
Goalball
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
November 6, 1986
Home
Redfern, NSW, ACT
Occupation
Operations Business Analyst at Allianz
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Jenny Blow

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Goalball Classification: B3