GARDINER Darren < Back  
Sport Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 19 Nov 1969 in Sydney, AUS
Height1.74 m
Weight 120 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation Sales
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began competing in 1995.
International Debut
Year 1998
Competing for Australia
General Interest
Nicknames Bear [because he roars like a bear to motivate himself before he lifts] (wais.org.au, 12 Apr 2012)
Hobbies Gardening. (paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Competing in front of a home crowd at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, and winning his first Paralympic medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Sep 2010; paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol Australian Paralympic weightlifter Ray Epstein. (paralympics.org.au, 07 Sep 2010)
Injuries He experienced injury and illness in 2010. (paralympics.org.au, 09 Jan 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you visualise, you will materialise." (paralympic.org.au, 2012)
Impairment He had his left leg amputated below the knee at age 24 after contracting cancer. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Sep 2010)
Other information RETIREMENT
He thought about retiring after the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, but his coach Ray Epstein persuaded him to continue and compete at the 2012 Games in London. He announced his retirement from the sport in December 2012 after narrowly missing out on a medal in London. "I donít think people appreciate just how good Darren is," said his former coach and fellow Paralympian Ray Epstein. "I donít think weíll see for a while someone lifting in Australia what he was able to lift. Heís a bit like a machine." (theaustralian.com.au, 12 Apr 2012; wais.org.au, 12 Dec 2012)