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.

Anton Zappelli

Anton Zappelli became a paraplegic in March 1989 when his now ex-girlfriend, who did not hold a driver license, lost control of the wheel of his…
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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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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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Ben Fawcett

As much at home in the water and on the snow as on land, Ben Fawcett was an avid surfer and snowboarder when a snowboarding accident…
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Ben Tudhope

At 14 years and 84 days, Para-snowboarder Ben Tudhope made his Paralympic debut at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games. As Australia’s youngest ever Winter Paralympian and…
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Ben Weekes

Ben Weekes first tasted international success at 17 when he led the Australian team to second place in the junior division at the 2002 ITF Wheelchair…
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