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… Read More

Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Swimming
Date of Birth
October 24, 1997
Home
Moorooka, QLD
Occupation
School student
Started Competing
2009
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Geoff Trappett

Career Highlights

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

Greatest Moment

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

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 400m freestyle Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S10
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S10