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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.

Matt McShane

Carrara-based athlete Matt McShane was 18 when he acquired transverse myelitis, a neurological condition causing the spinal cord to inflame. The automotive apprentice spent the next…
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Shaun Norris

Perth local Shaun Norris is one of the most accomplished athletes on the Australian Rollers squad, having already represented Australia at four Paralympic Games and won…
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Shawn Russell

Born with a limb deficiency affecting his right leg, Shawn Russell was 16 when he decided to have it amputated through the knee. While recovering in…
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Tige Simmons

Three-time Paralympian Tige Simmons is one of the most respected members of the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team. Making his Rollers debut in 2002, Tige began…
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Tom O’Neill-Thorne

Widely considered the future of wheelchair basketball in Australia, Darwin teenager Tom O’Neill Thorne was the youngest ever Roller to compete in a world championship when…
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Tristan Knowles

Tristan Knowles lost his leg to cancer as a nine-year-old, and then a lung at 11 due to a recurrence of the illness, and today, his…
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