Athlete Year of Birth: 1975
Athlete Place of Birth: Tamworth, NSW
Athlete Lives: Tweed Heads, NSW Australia
WTS Ranking: No Ranking
ITU Points List:: No Ranking
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
While doing cycling training for an Ironman competition as an able-bodied athlete in 2005, he was involved in an accident involving a truck that was travelling 100km/hr. He broke his back in four places resulting in spinal cord damage, as well as breaking his pelvis and elbows. He spent five months recovering in hospital. As a result, he is paralysed in his left leg and has limited movement in his right.
Start of sporting career
He began competing in triathlons as an able-bodied athlete in 2001, and after his injury in 2005 he competed in his first para-triathlon in 2008.
Reason for taking up this sport
“As an able-bodied athlete I was dared by a friend to do a triathlon, as a para-athlete I just wanted to keep doing the sport I loved.”
To win gold at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
In a typical week he does four and a half hours of swimming, seven hours of cycling, four hours in the race chair and several more hours in the gym.
Most influential person in career
Sporting philosophy / motto
“Have a goal, have a plan and follow it. Don’t listen to those who say you can’t.”
Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Athlete Tri Entry Year: 2009 for Australia, World Championships (Gold Coast, QLD)
Athlete Children: Wife Vanessa, daughters Heidi and Amity
Athlete Injuries: While training for the 2014 World Championships in Canada, he fell out of his racing chair and broke his pelvis in two places, ruling him out of competition for several months.
Athlete Coach: Stephen Moss