After nearly two decades competing internationally, Rick Pendleton is as proud a Paralympian as any.

This was not always the case. For many years, he kept the fact he had represented his country at a Paralympic Games under wraps. But as the movement has grown, so too has Rick, and with four Paralympic campaigns now under his belt, Rick has come to appreciate everything that being a Paralympian represents, is inspired by the athletes he competes alongside, and celebrates the opportunity to elevate the status of people with a disability in Australia.

Rick made his Paralympic debut in 2004. He contested five events and three finals, winning a gold medal in the men’s 4x100m medley 34 Points, and placing fourth and seventh in the men’s 200m individual medley SM10 and men’s 100m breaststroke SB9.

A measly seven hundredths of a second separated fourth from third in the individual medley, and …

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Date of birth
12 January 1985
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

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

Winning a gold medal and setting a new world record in the men’s 200m individual medley SM10 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Favourite quote
One moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory - Louis Zamperini


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM10

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