Paralympian Tanya Huebner will be 38 years of age at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but age is no barrier for this seasoned professional.

Tanya was spotted at a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day in 2009, describing herself as “old but new” to the Australian swim team when she made her debut the following year.

Competing at the 2010 IPC World Swimming Championships, Tanya competed in seven events, with her best result being fourth in the 100m breaststroke.

In 2012, Tanya competed at her first Paralympic Games in London. She was again unlucky to just miss the podium in her pet event the 100m breaststroke, finishing fourth. In what was a busy Paralympic schedule, she also competed in the 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 50m butterfly and 200m individual medley.

In the lead up to London, Tanya was in fine form, winning six gold medals at the 2011 CanAm Championships. Prior …

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Date of birth
24 August 1978
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012

Physical Impairment – Achondroplasia
How acquired
Elwood, VIC
Primary school teacher
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia in Germany

Greatest sporting moments

The realisation that I had the potential to represent Australia

Heroes/role models

US swimmer Lynne Cox


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x50m freestyle relay Classification: S6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m breastsroke Classification: SB6
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m butterfly Classification: S6

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