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.

Anton Zappelli

Anton Zappelli has been an integral member of the Australian Para-shooting team since his World Championships debut in 2014. Once a promising golfer, Anton competed in…
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Anu Francis

Anu Francis originally wanted to be a vet, however a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome led to a change in course. Anu started pursuing sport while…
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Ari Gesini

When Ari Gesini made his senior World Championships debut last November, his dream of representing Australia at the Paralympic Games had never felt more real. Representing…
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Ashleigh McConnell

Ashleigh McConnell etched her name in Paralympic history at her first Paralympic Games in 2016, when she and her women’s 4x100m freestyle relay 34 Points teammates…
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Ashley Van Rijswijk

Ashley, who trains under Gennadiy Labara at Wagga Wagga Swim Club, made her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020. She finished in fifth position in the women’s…
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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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