|Type of Impairment
||S8, SB8, SM8
Further Personal Information
||Canberra, ACT, AUS
||Economics - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began swimming at age four.
|Why this sport?
||He took up swimming after he was told it would be good therapy for his impairment.
|Name of coach
||Yuriy Vdovychenko [national]
||Pipes (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
|Most influential person in career
||His friends. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
|Hero / Idol
||Australian Paralympic swimmer Ben Austin and US swimmer Michael Phelps. (paralympic.org.au, 31 Dec 2009)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Believe in yourself and you can achieve whatever you want to achieve." (ausport.gov.au, 31 Dec 2009)
|Awards and honours
||In 2010 he was named Australia's Multi-Class Swimmer of the Year. (FINA Aquatics World Magazine, 07 Dec 2010)
In 2009 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] for service to sport as a gold medallist at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 31 Dec 2009)
He was named the Hawkesbury Sportsperson of the Year in 2008 and 2009, the first athlete to receive the award in two consecutive years. (hawkesburygazette.com.au, 26 Aug 2009)
He is a committee member for the Friends of Brain Injured Children ACT organisation in Australia. (Linkedin profile, 15 May 2014)