Rowan Crothers proved he is a force to be reckoned with when at just 16-years-old he swam the race of his life to win gold and break a world record in the men’s 100m S9 freestyle at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Defeating Australia’s most successful Paralympian Matt Cowdrey, his gold medal victory became a defining moment in Rowan’s career as he realised he was on his way of achieving his ultimate goal of swimming for his country at the Paralympic Games.

Born with cerebral palsy diplegia, causing stiffness in his lower limbs and his right arm, swimming became part of Rowan’s physiotherapy regime. Although adept in the sport from years of practise, Rowan had not considered competing until he watched the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on television as a nine-year-old.

Sparking his interest in Paralympic sport was seeing Australian cerebral palsy athlete Peter Leek win gold in the 200m …

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Date of birth
24 October 1997
Sport
Para-swimming
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
How acquired
Birth
Residence
Moorooka, QLD
Occupation
School student
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2013
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the 100m freestyle in world record time at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Greatest sporting moments

Watching Peter Leek win gold in the 200m IM at the 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Geoff Trappett

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 400m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S10

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