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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.

Bill Chaffey

Five-time Para-triathlon world champion and legend of the sport Bill Chaffey first began training as an able-bodied athlete. It was while preparing for an Ironman Triathlon…
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Brant Garvey

Para-triathlon star Brant Garvey was inspired by his kid sister’s strength and courage while undergoing treatment for three different types of cancer, when he decided to…
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Claire McLean

The only 2016 Australian Para-triathlon team member with Paralympic experience, Claire McLean first began competing in cycling in 2003. In her first year of competition she…
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Kate Naess

‘We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.’ This line by Randy Pausch is memorable for Kate Naess, who knows…
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Katie Kelly

Katie Kelly was born with Usher Syndrome, a degenerative condition affecting both her hearing and vision. Not one to let her disability stop her from pursuing…
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Lauren Parker

Every path to a Paralympic Games is unique. There are athletes born with their disabilities who have long dreamed of becoming Paralympians. Then there are athletes…
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