Timothy Disken propelled himself into the international spotlight when he won a gold medal in the men’s 100m freestyle S9 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Since then, he has won the hearts of thousands of sport fans across Australia with more outstanding performances in the pool, including an unbelievable resurgence off the back of a horrifying medical emergency in October 2017 that was just minutes from ending his life.
Set to contest the Canadian Open after the 2017 World Para-swimming Championships were cancelled, Timothy came down with a headache around lunchtime on the day before competition began. That night, the pain became worse. And later, unbearable.
Timothy woke the next day in the intensive care unit at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto to be told he had undergone emergency surgery, after the shunt which diverts excessive cerebrospinal fluid away from his brain had broken.
Over the following six months, …Read More