An Amazing Story
“As a young kid I lost my hearing and my right leg was amputated after complications from chicken pox. Who would have thought that I would have broken the 800m S9 world record at the 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London Paralympics? Well people at my school saw my potential and the rest is history.”
He was the youngest male on the Australian swimming team at the 2008 Beijing Games and has gone on to compete at the 2012 London Games, the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships, the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and most recently at the 2016 Rio Paralympic where he has medalled in gold, silver and bronze.
When preparing for Rio, he stated “The fire’s there. I love being in the water”. I’m just aiming to have a good Games and defend the 400m”.
He must have known something! He went on to win gold in the Men’s 400m freestyle S9, silver in the Men’s 10 freestyle S9 and the bronze in the Men’s 100m Backstroke S9.
Brenden attended Petrie State Primary School. He was already a member of a mini development squad and returned to swimming after his amputation was healed. He was school captain at Pine Rivers State High School and is now studying exercise science at UQ where he is a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship holder. He is a proud ambassador for Aspirations4Kids in Sport Ltd.
He represents the goal of Aspirations4Kids in Sport which is to give every young person the capacity to participate in sport no matter what the circumstances.