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Australia’s Paralympian of the Year
  • Paralympian of the Year 2016

    Dylan Alcott

    A spinal tumour wasn't enough to stop Dylan Alcott, our 2016 Paralympian of the Year from competing in two different elite-level sports and winning gold.

  • Paralympian of the Year 2012

    Jacqueline Freney

    Being born with cerebral palsy has not stopped Jacqueline Freney from achieving her dreams and breaking records as our 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year.

  • Paralympian of the Year 2010

    Cameron Rahles-Rahbula

    A Paralympic alpine skier, our 2010 Paralympian of the Year has not let osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, deter him from achieving his goals.

  • Paralympian of the Year 2008

    Matthew Cowdrey

    With a congenital amputation of his left arm, our 2008 Paralympian of the Year is one of Australia’s most successful Paralympians. Matthew holds numerous world records and an impressive 23 Paralympic medals.

  • Paralympian of the Year 2004

    Tim Sullivan

    Cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped our 2004 Paralympian of the Year achieve three gold medals in the Athens Paralympics, two of which included new world records.

Anton Zappelli

Anton Zappelli became a paraplegic in March 1989 when his now ex-girlfriend, who did not hold a driver license, lost control of the wheel of his…
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Bradley Mark

New Zealand-born Bradley Mark became an incomplete quadriplegic at 35 after contracting bacterial meningitis. He began shooting just over a decade later as an alternative to…
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Chris Pitt

Growing up, Chris Pitt was a star athlete, excelling in swimming and other sports, but at the age of 10 he was diagnosed with a virus …
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Libby Kosmala

The oldest athlete from any nation competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Libby Kosmala is among the most respected figures in the history of Paralympic…
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Luke Cain

In 1999 Aussie Rules player Luke Cain was involved in a horror on-field collision causing quadriplegia. After learning to adapt to life in a wheelchair, he…
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Natalie Smith

Shooter Natalie Smith won Australia’s first medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games in the 10m air rifle standing. Achieving 492.4 points in the final, she…
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