The Paralympic Team

Joshua Alford

Growing up in Coomba, ACT, you’re just as likely to see Joshua carving up the slopes as you are seeing him in the pool. He had a stellar Australian Champs, medaling in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle events.
Races: 100m Backstroke S14; 200m Freestyle S14; 200m Individual Medley SM14

Michael Anderson

From Bellingen in country NSW, Michael made his Australian team debut in 2005. Has went on to compete at the Beijing and London Paralympics, and was part of the gold winning 4x100 freestyle relay team. Michael trains under Jan Cameron in the high performance para-swimming program on the Sunshine Coast.
Races: 100 Backstroke S14; 200m Freestyle S14; 200m Individual Medley SM14

Jesse Aungles

An Adelaide local, in preparation for Rio Jesse would turn to Australia’s most successful Paralympian, and fellow South Australian, Matt Cowdrey for inspiration. Watch for Jesse in the 100m Backstroke, his favourite stroke.
Races: 100m Butterfly S8; 100m Backstroke S8; 400m Freestyle S8; 200m Individual Medley S8; 4x100 Medley Relay S8

Emily Beecroft

The 16-year-old from Gippsland in Victoria is one of the youngest members of our team. Emily had a great meet at the Australian Championships in Adelaide, winning silver medals in the 50m and 100m butterfly, bursting on to the Paralympic team. A triplet, Emily’s two sisters will sure be cheering her one for a great Games!
Races: 100m Butterfly S9; 100m Freestyle S9; 200m Individual Medley SM9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S9

Liam Bekric

Liam started swimming when he was three, inspired to improve his swimming so he could be faster than his older brother. At the 2016 Australian Age Championships, in his local city of Adelaide, Liam put on a comprehensive display, winning gold in the 50m breaststroke, silver in the 50m and 100m butterfly and bronze in the 200m individual medley. At just 15 years-of-age, Liam has a very promising future.
Races: 100m Backstroke S13; 100 Breaststroke S13; 200m Individual Medley SM13; 400 Freestyle S13

Blake Cochrane

A senior member of our team, Rio will be Blake’s 3rd Paralympics representing Australia. Blake will compete in five events across the 10 days of competition, and will be looking to defend his title in the 100m Breaststroke SB7 where he won gold in London.
Races: 100m Breaststroke SB7; 100m Freestyle S8; 400m Freestyle S8; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S8

Ellie Cole

Arguably the most well-known Australian Paralympic athlete, Ellie will arrive in Rio as the defending champion in the 100m backstroke and 100m freestyle. While Ellie has a long list of accomplishments to her name, she says her gold medal performance as part of the 4x100m medley relay team at London 2012 is her career highlight.
Races: 100m Backstroke S9; 100m Freestyle S9; 400m Freestyle S9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S9

Rowan Crothers

Rowan Crothers proved he is a force to be reckoned with when at just 16-years-old he swam the race of his life to win gold and break a world record in the men’s 100m S9 freestyle at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Rowan one day hopes to have multiple Paralympic gold medals under his belt and be working to improve the lives of children with cerebral palsy.
Races: 100m Freestyle S10; 400m Freestyle S10; 4x100 Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100 Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S10

Katja Dedekind

Born in South Africa, Katja and her twin brother were introduced to swimming by their mother at an early age. The 15-year-old Queenslander hand a standout Australian Championships, competing in 9 events, under the tutelage of coach, David Heyden.
Races: 100m Backstroke S13; 100m Freestyle S13; 400m Freestyle S13; 50m Freestyle S13

Timothy Disken

Tim started swimming in able-bodied competitions before he was introduced to Para-sport in 2011. Coached by Damien Gogoll, he made his Australian team debut in 2014 at the Para Pan Pacs.
Tim’s goal is to one day win a Paralympic gold medal. He is influenced by Matt Cowdrey and Matt Levy, inspired by the levels that they have been able to reach in para-swimming.
Races: 100m Freestyle S9; 200m Individual Medley SM9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S9

Maddison Elliot

At age 13, Maddison became the youngest Australian Paralympian ever to win a gold medal as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay at London 2012. Adding to the triumph, she won a silver in the 50m freestyle and bronze in the 100m and 400m freestyle. Now an ‘experience’ campaigner at the age of 17, Maddison will be a force in Rio competing in eight events, including her pet event the 100m freestyle.
Races: 100m Backstroke S8; 100m Butterfly S8; 100m Freestyle S8; 200m Individual Medley SM8; 400m Freestyle S8; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S8

Daniel Fox

Daniel ‘Foxy’ Fox shone at the London Paralympics winning silver in the 200m freestyle and finishing fourth in the 100m backstroke. Foxy comes into the Games ranked number one in the world in the 100m freestyle and has set himself the goal of going one better in Rio.
Races: 100 Backstroke S14; 200m Freestyle S14; 200m Individual Medley SM14

Matthew Haanappel

Coming from a strong family of athletes, Matt is proud to call 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans his cousin and turns to him for advice. Matt achieved a dream in London 2012, winning gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay and bronze in the medley relay. In Rio, Matt will once again play a key role in Australia’s relay chances.
Races: 100 Backstroke S6; 100 Freestyle S6; 400m Freestyle S6; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S6; Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay-20pts

Brenden Hall

The freestyle expert, Brenden hit his peak at the right time in London to convincingly win gold in the 400m freestyle and the 4x100m men’s freestyle relay team as well as the bronze as part of the 4x100m medley relay team. Rio will be his 3rd Paralympics and he will have one of the fullest race cards, competing in 8 events.
Races: 100m Backstroke S9; 100m Butterfly S9; 100m Freestyle S9; 200m Individual Medley SM9; 400m
Freestyle S9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S9

Guy Harrsion-Murray

Born in England, Guy moved to Australia in 2011 and secured his Australian citizenship just in time for the Paralympic Games cut-off. Guy has four events in Rio and will play an important role in the 4x100 Freestyle Relay-34pts, an event which he anchored the team in at the 2015 IPC World Champs, winning a bronze medal.
Races: 100m Freestyle S10; 400m Freestyle S10; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S10

Timothy Hodge

At just 14 years-of-age Tim represented Australia at the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships in Glasgow. He competed in seven events with his best results being fourth in the 4x100m medley relay and sixth in the 100m backstroke. Competing on such a big international stage at a young age was great experience for Tim and has put him in good stead for his Paralympic debut.
Races: 100m Backstroke S9; 100m Butterfly S9; 100m Freestyle S9; 200m Individual Medley SM9; 400m Freestyle S9; 4x100 Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100 Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S9

Tanya Huebner

Paralympian Tanya Huebner will be 38 years of age at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but age is no barrier for this seasoned professional. First selected for Australia in 2010, Tanya went on to compete at the London Paralympics, unlucky to miss the podium in her pet event the 100m breaststroke.
Races: Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay-20pts; 100m Breaststroke SB6; 50m Butterfly S6

Braedan Jason

Born in Cronulla, a love first of the beach and water led Braedan to competitive swimming. At just 18 years-of-age Rio will be Braeden’s second international meet and his first Paralympics. After a great World Championships last year where he made finals in all but one of his events, Rio will be a great opportunity for him to shine.
Races: 100m Butterfly S13; 100m Freestyle S13; 400m Freestyle S13; 50m Freestyle S13

Jenna Jones

At just 15 years-of-age, NSW School girl Jenna Jones is one of the youngest members of our team. At the 2015 Australian Age Championships she dominated winning 6 gold medals, three silver and set 9 junior records. Rio will be the first time Jenna has represented Australia internationally, what an achievement!
Races: 100m Backstroke S13; 100m Breaststroke SB13; 100 Freestyle S13; 200m Individual Medley SM13; 50 Freestyle S13

Ahmed Kelly

Ahmed is one of the most positive people you will ever meet and one of the jokers of the team. He will compete in four events in Rio and has set himself the goal of achieving a medal coming agonisingly close in the 50m breaststroke in London 2012, finishing fourth.
Races: 150m Individual Medley SM4; 50m Backstroke S4; 50m Breaststroke SB3; Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay-20pts

Paige Leonhardt

A breaststroke specialist, in 2014 Paige competed at the Australian Championships at the age of 13. Competing in the open multi-class 50m breaststroke she took home the bronze medal. At the Australian Age Championships that followed she took gold in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke. Paige is inspired by swimmers Cameron McEvoy and Michael Phelps. Swimming is in Paige’s blood – her grandmother was friends with Dawn Fraser.
Races: 100m Backstroke S10; 100m Breaststroke SB9; 100m Butterfly S10; 100m Freestyle S10; 200m Individual Medley SM10; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S10

Matthew Levy

Rio will be Matt’s 4th Paralympics, first competing in Athens 12 years ago. In an illustrious career, Matt has driven himself to continual improve and has earned 6 Paralympic medals for his efforts. One things for sure is that Matt will be giving his all to add to the collection in Rio.
Races: 100m Freestyle S7; 200m Individual Medley SM7; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100 Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Butterfly S7; 50m Freestyle S7

Jeremy McClure

Rio will be Jeremy’s 4th Paralympics, first representing Australian in Athens at the age of 16. Reclassified as a S11 swimmer in 2015 due to worsening vision, Jeremy swam at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships and qualified for 100m backstroke.
Races: 100m Backstroke S11; 100m Freestyle S11; 50m Freestyle S11

Ashleigh McConnell

For Ashleigh, making the Paralympic team for Rio is a massive achievement and many years in the making. She was fractions of a second making the team for London but bounced back from the disappointment and in 2015 won gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay 34 points, her career highlight.
Races: 100m Freestyle S9; 400m Freestyle S9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m FreestyleS9

Monique Murphy

A talented able-bodied swimmer, Monique suffered horrific injuries when in 2014 she fell 20 metres from a balcony. Swimming quickly became a vital part of her rehabilitation and within five months she was training with Melbourne Vicentre club, and by eight months had qualified for the Australian National Championships. Humbly citing her team mates as inspiration, it’s clear she sets an amazing example herself.
Races: 100m Backstroke S10; 100m Freestyle S10; 400m Freestyle S10; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; 50m Freestyle S10

Lakeisha Patterson

Originally from Wodonga, Victoria, Lakeisha is now based in Caboolture, Queensland and trains at the Lawnton Performance Centre. Lakeisha had a break-out performance at the 2015 World Championships, where she won 5 medals, including gold in the 4x100m freestyle relay. In Rio, Lakeisha will have one of the biggest race cards of any competitor, competing in eight events.
Races: 100m Backstroke S8; 100m Butterfly S8; 100m Freestyle S8; 200m Individual Medley SM8; 400m Freestyle S8; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts; Women's 50m Freestyle S8

Rick Pendleton

Originally from Sydney, Rick moved to train at state of the art facilities on the Sunshine Coast in preparation for London 2012, where he won bronze medals in the 200m individual medley and the 4x100m medley relay. Rick loves the underdog tag, believing even coal under pressure becomes a diamond. It is this fantastic attitude that will be pushing him in Rio.
Races: 100m Breaststroke SB9; 100m Butterfly S10; 200m Individual Medley SM10; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts

Logan Powell

Logan represented Australia for the first time at the 2011 Arafura Games in Darwin. Identified by as an athlete on the improve, Logan relocated to the Sunshine Coast in 2013 to train under renowned coach Jan Cameron, who leads the prestigious high-performance Paralympic swimming program at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Races: 100m Backstroke S9; 100m Butterfly S9; 400m Freestyle S9

Sean Russo

Sean realised a dream when he was selected to compete at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He was unlucky to just miss a medal in his pet event, the 100m backstroke, finishing fourth. Sean went one better though at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, winning a bronze. It’s this form that Sean will be hopeful of taking into Rio.
Races: 100m Backstroke S13; 100m Breaststroke SB13; 100m Butterfly S13; 100 Freestyle S13; 200m Individual Medley SM13; 50m Freestyle S13

Liam Schluter

Training seven days a week at Kawana Aquatic Centre, where he also works as a groundsman, Liam shone at the 2016 Australian Swimming Championships in Adelaide. He competed in eight events and achieved a gold medal in the 400m freestyle, a silver in the 200m freestyle and 4x50m freestyle relay. An Olympic debutant in Rio, Liam will compete in four events.
Races: 100 Backstroke S14; 100m Breaststroke SB14; 200m Freestyle S14; 200m Individual Medley SM14

Madeleine Scott

Madeleine first represented Australia at the 2011 Para Pan Pacs, three years later she competed at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games winning a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. Rio will be Madeleine’s first Paralympics, watch for her in the 100m Breaststroke.
Races: 100m Breaststroke SB9; 100m Butterfly S9; 200m Individual Medley SM9; 4x100m Freestyle Relay-34pts; 4x100m Medley Relay-34pts

Jacob Templeton

Formerly of Devonport, Tasmania but now based on the Sunshine Coast, Jacob got the attention of Australian selectors at the 2013 Australian Short Course Championships where he won gold in the 50m and 100m freestyle, just missing both S13 world records. Rio will be Jacob’s first Paralympics.
Races: 100m Butterfly S13; 100m Freestyle S13; 200m Individual Medley SM13; 400m Freestyle S13; 50m Freestyle S13

Tiffany Thomas Kane

Tiffany burst onto the international swimming scene at the age of 13 when she won four medals at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, including setting a new world record in the 100m breaststroke. The ever smiling teenager will be an athlete to watch in Rio and beyond.
Races: Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay-20pts; 100 Backstroke S6; 100m Breaststroke SB6; 100m Freestyle S6; 200m Individual Medley SM6; 4x100m Freestyle-34pts; 50m Butterfly S6; 50m Freestyle S6

Rachael Watson

Rising star Rachael Watson has proven herself to be a true medal contender at the Rio 2016 Paralympics after a succession of impressive recent performances. At the 2016 Australian Champs, she came within a whisker of the S4 world record for the 100m freestyle. Rachael also currently holds the Oceania records for the 200m, 100m and 50m freestyle, and 50m butterfly.
Races: Mixed 4x50m Freestyle Relay-20pts; 150m Individual Medley SM4; 50m Breaststroke SB3; 50m Freestyle S4

Prue Watt

Although Prue learnt to swim at a very young age, she didn’t start competing in the sport until the age of 13 when she developed an interest through surf lifesaving. Amongst the most experienced in the team, Rio will be Prue’s 4th Paralympics, with defending her title in the 100m breaststroke high on her agenda.
Races: 100m Breaststroke SB13; 100m Butterfly S13, 100m Freestyle S13; 200m Individual Medley SM13; 50m Freestyle S13

Kate Wilson

The oldest of three siblings, Kate comes from a long line of athletes with her grandfather a former NRL St George Illawarra Dragons player. Watch for Kate in the 100m Breaststroke, an event she is ranked 7th in the world in 2016.
Races: Mixed 4x50 Freestyle Relay-20pts; 100m Breaststroke SB6; 100m Freestyle S6; 200m Individual Medley SM6; 50m Freestyle S6

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