Timothy Disken was born with mild cerebral palsy which affects both sides of his body, with his left side being worse than his right.

He started swimming at a young age and was swimming in able-bodied competitions before he was introduced to Para-sport in 2011 through his school which is for students with physical impairments. He was nationally classified in 2011.

Timothy was selected to compete at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow. He competed in seven events and made the final in six of them. He won bronze in the 4×100 freestyle relay and just missed the podium in the 50m freestyle and 4x100m medley relay coming fourth.

Coached by renowned Paralympic swim coach Yuriy Vdovychenko, Tim made his Paralympic debut in Rio  and achieved his goal of stepping atop the podium at the highest level possible. Tim took out gold in the men’s 100m freestyle, touching …

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Date of birth
3 November 1996
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

How acquired
Glen Waverley, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the SB8 100m at the 2014 Para Pan Pacs

Greatest sporting moments

Seeing Matt Cowdrey break the Australian record for most career Paralympic gold medals.

Heroes/role models

Matt Cowdrey


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m freestyle relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 4x100m medley relay Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S9
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S9

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