Triple Paralympic gold medallist Rick Pendleton has made a career out of succeeding against the odds.

Launching his comeback to the pool after a hiatus following the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Rick proved he had lost none of his class at the 2011 CanAm Championships in the USA, taking home two gold in a haul of four medals.

He won gold in the 200m butterfly and 100m breaststroke with the display again ensuring Rick would again play a prominent role in the Australian team at London 2012. Although he didn’t take home gold from London, he grabbed two bronze medals in the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay.

Rick loves the underdog tag, believing even coal under pressure becomes a diamond. It is this attitude that pushes him in training for swimming glory. At the Beijing 2008 Games, he won two gold medals and smashed the world record …

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Date of birth
11 January 1985
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Left hand limb deficiency
How acquired
Meridan Plains, QLD
Swimming coach
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning Gold and a World Record in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics S10 200 IM

Heroes/role models

Kieran Perkins


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m butterfly Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10

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