AUSTIN Ben < Back  
Sport Para Swimming
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 07 Nov 1980 in Wellington, AUS
Height1.87 m
Weight 83 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Classification S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
Languages English
Higher education Human Movement Studies
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began swimming at age five.
Why this sport? His parents encouraged him to take up the sport to help with his impairment. It helped that his father owned a swimming pool.
International Debut
Year 1999
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Austo, Windmill (en.allexperts.com, 15 Dec 2009)
Hobbies Reading, spending time on the beach, camping. (nswswimming.com.au, 04 Sep 2010)
Most influential person in career His parents. (nswswimming.com.au, 04 Sep 2010)
Hero / Idol US boxer Muhammad Ali. (paralympic.org.au, 15 Dec 2009)
Awards and honours He was captain of the Australian swimming team at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (wellingtontimes.com.au, 08 Sep 2008)

He received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in 2005 in recognition of his performance at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 15 Dec 2009)

He was named Swimmer of the Year with a Disability at the 2002 Australian Swimming Awards. (AAP, 09 Dec 2002)
Other sports He has represented his hometown of Wellington, NSW, Australia, in rugby league, rugby union and water polo. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 15 Dec 2009)
Ambitions To reach his full potential as a swimmer. (nswswimming.com.au, 04 Sep 2010)
Impairment He had his left arm amputated above the elbow at age two weeks old following complications during birth. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 15 Dec 2009)
Other information RETIREMENT
He has retired from competitive swimming. (abc.net.au, 13 Dec 2013)