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.

Alistair Donohoe

For young gun Alistair Donohoe, sport has always played a big role in his life and nothing was going to stop him from pursuing his dreams…
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Amanda Reynolds

When Amanda Reynolds participated in the Murray Marathon Challenge with a friend in 2012, never did she think she would catch the “paddle bug” and embark…
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Andrea McDonnell

Andrea McDonnell grew up in Townsville, spending her weekends watching her parents compete at the local table tennis club. She herself reached junior national level as…
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Andrew Edmondson

A career in sport was always on the cards for wheelchair rugby player Andrew Edmondson, who had only just accepted a scholarship to play rugby union…
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Andrew Harrison

Wheelchair rugby player Andrew Harrison first represented Australia at the 2007 Chris Handy Cup in Invercargill, New Zealand, but after narrowly missing selection to the 2008…
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Angie Ballard

Angie Ballard is a world-class competitor with vast experience and a super coach in her mentor, Louise Sauvage. Her most successful Paralympic campaign to date is…
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