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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.

Andrea McDonnell

With millions of eyes glued to the TV during the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Andrea McDonnell introduced thousands of Australians to the exciting, fast-paced world of Para-table…
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Barak Mizrachi

Barak Mizrachi was born with cerebral palsy affecting the right side of his body, and was first introduced to table tennis by his dad, who only…
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Danni Di Toro

Six-time Paralympian Danni Di Toro is a seasoned veteran. She has been competing at Paralympic Games since 1996, or to put it another way, for the…
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Joel Coughlan

When Joel Coughlan started competing in table tennis as an eight-year-old, he had no idea that one day he would be aiming to represent his country…
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Melissa Tapper

Melissa ‘Milly’ Tapper has had brachial plexus palsy since birth, but she has spent most of her life competing against able-bodied athletes, male and female both.…
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Samuel Von Einem

Samuel Von Einem was an avid tennis player before relocating to Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2003. Due to the heat, his parents kept a table tennis…
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