Richard Colman has always aspired to do his best. As it happens, his best is world-beating, with the track specialist having spearheaded the Australian Para-athletics team for over a decade.

Making his Paralympic debut for Australia in 2004, Richard first put the world on notice when he won gold in the men’s 800m T53. Finishing just 0.03 seconds ahead of silver medallist Adam Bleakney (USA), Richard showed that he had what it takes to hold his own in the high-pressure environment of a Paralympic Games.

Also in 2004, Richard won a Paralympic silver medal in the men’s 4x100m T53-54 with Kurt Fearnley, Richard Nicholson and Geoff Trappett. It was an incredible display of what is possible when four of the best wheelchair racers in the world come together to compete for their country, and a prime opportunity for Richard to learn from his more experienced teammates.

Richard returned to the …

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Date of birth
28 November 1984
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Spina bifida
How acquired
Highton, VIC
Athlete, coach
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s 800m T53 at the Athens 2004 and London 2012 Paralympic Games


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 400m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T53

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