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.

Colin Harrison

Raised in the United Kingdom, four-time Paralympian Colin Harrison was introduced to sailing as a teenager at a youth holiday camp in Northern Wales. Joining the…
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Colin Sieders

Colin Sieders was 15-years-old when he was involved in the first of two major car accidents. A friend’s mum was driving him and a teammate to…
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Curtis McGrath

Curtis McGrath was serving as an Australian Army combat engineer in Afghanistan in 2012 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device, causing multiple life-threatening injuries…
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Daniel Fitzgibbon

As a Sydney northern beaches resident with a Queensland heritage, it’s unsurprising that sailing is three-time Paralympian Daniel Fitzgibbon’s sport of choice. Having raced boats his…
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Daniel Fox

Since first competing in swimming in 2009, Daniel Fox trained quietly away, hoping he would make it to the London Paralympic Games. After an explosive start…
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Daniel Michel

Having been born with spinal muscular atrophy type 2, a condition primarily characterised by muscle weakness, Daniel Michel never had the opportunity to participate in sport.…
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