Meet Our Athletes

Extraordinary stories from inspiring individuals

Everyone has a story to tell. This is your chance to meet your paralympians and find out what drives them to keep on achieving their dreams.

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.

Ahmed Kelly

Born in 1991 with significant disabilities in all four limbs, Ahmed Kelly was left at a Baghdad orphanage where he spent the majority of the first…
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Ashleigh McConnell

Ashleigh McConnell soared to Paralympic glory at her first Paralympic Games in Rio, when she and her 4 x 100m freestyle relay team mates finished their…
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Blake Cochrane

Blake Cochrane overcame multiple congenital limb deficiencies affecting his hands and his feet to represent Australia at three Paralympic Games. His parents had enrolled him in…
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Braedan Jason

Buderim’s Braedan Jason made a splash on the international Para-swim scene when he made his international debut at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow.…
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Brenden Hall

Having already experienced the Paralympics buzz in Beijing at the tender age of 15, Brenden Hall came of age in London. The freestyle expert hit his…
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Daniel Fox

Since first competing in swimming in 2009, Daniel Fox trained quietly away, hoping he would make it to the London Paralympic Games. After an explosive start…
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