COLMAN Richard < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 28 Nov 1984 in Stavanger, NOR
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment Congenital
Classification T53
Further Personal Information
Residence Geelong, VIC, AUS
Occupation Accountant, Athlete, Coach, Public Speaker
Languages English
Higher education Commerce - Deakin University: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began the sport in 1995 at the Athletics Chilwell club in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport? He enjoyed competing against his friends.
Club / Team Athletics Chilwell: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Training Regime He trains at the Victorian Institute of Sport [VIS] in Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
International Debut
Year 2002
Competing for Australia
Tournament World Championships
Location Lille, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames Rich (vis.org.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Most influential person in career Coach Mandi Cole. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol Swiss wheelchair racer Heinz Frei, Australian tennis player Pat Rafter, Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, Australian rules footballer Tim Clarke. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Injuries He suffered from chronic fatigue between 2014-2016. (geelongadvertiser.com.au, 03 Aug 2016)
Awards and honours He was Australia's flag bearer at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (Athletics Australia, 19 Jul 2013)

He received a Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2004. (itsanhonour.cov.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Impairment He was born with spina bifida. (athletics.com.au, 19 Aug 2011)
Other information AUSSIE RULES UMPIRE
He was the first wheelchair goal umpire to officiate in the Australian Rules football league in Geelong, VIC, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)