Australia at the 2004 Summer Paralympics
|Australia at the Paralympic Games|
|At the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens|
|Flag bearer||Louise Sauvage (Opening) Matthew Cowdrey (Closing)|
|Paralympic history (summary)|
Australia competed at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, Greece. The team included 151 athletes (91 men and 60 women). Australian competitors won 101 medals (26 gold, 39 silver and 36 bronze) to finish fifth in the gold medal table and second on the total medal table. The Australian team was smaller than the Sydney Games due to a strict selection policy related to the athletes' potential to win a medal and the International Paralympic Committee's decision to remove events for athletes with an intellectual disability from the Games due to issues of cheating at the Sydney Games. The IPC decision resulted in leading Australian athletes such as Siobhan Paton and Lisa Llorens not being able to defend their Paralympic titles. Australia competed in 12 sports and won medals in 8 sports. The Chef de Mission was Paul Bird.
Leading Australian athletes included:
- Swimmers Chantel Wolfenden and Prue Watt won six and five medals respectively.
- Tim Sullivan won four gold medals in athletics sprints events.
- Four athletes won four medals - swimmers Matthew Cowdrey and Ben Austin, cyclist Lindy Hou and athletics sprinter Heath Francis
- Six athletes won three medals - Don Elgin, Neil Fuller, Kurt Fearnley and Darren Thrupp in athletics and Kieran Modra and Christopher Scott in cycling.
Australia's sole competitor did not win a medal.
Australia represented in athletics:
Men - Kieran Ault-Connell, Malcolm Bennett, Paul Benz, Damien Burroughs, Richard Colman, Roy Daniell, Don Elgin, Rodney Farr, Kurt Fearnley, Neil Fuller, Benjamin Hall, Paul Harpur, Lachlan Jones, Nicholas Larionow, John Lindsay, Hamish MacDonald, Tim Matthews, Richard Nicholson, Paul Nunnari, Federic Periac, Russell Short, Timothy Sullivan, Darren Thrupp, Geoff Trappett, Bruce Wallrodt, Stephen Wilson, Mark Whitman (guide)
Women - Angie Ballard, Joanne Bradshaw, Gemma Buchholz, Christie Dawes, Louise Ellery, Amanda Fraser, Lara Hollow, Julie Iles, Lisa McIntosh, Louise Sauvage, Eliza Stankovic, Katrina Webb, Debbie Wendt, Jodi Willis, Amy Winters
Coaches - Scott Goodman (Head), Paul Angel, Richard Bednall, Andrew Dawes, Iryna Dvoskina, John Eden, Brett Jones, Gary Lees, Alison O'Riordan Officials - Andrew Faichney (Manager), Louise Mogg, Paul Rohwer, Greg Jones, Jodie Carey
Australia represented in cycling:
Men – Greg Ball, Anthony Biddle, Robert Crowe, Peter Brooks, Peter Homann, Mark le Flohic, Kieran Modra, Andrew Panazzolo, Christopher Scott, David Short, Kial Stewart
Women – Lindy Hou, Lyn Lepore, Janelle Lindsay, Kelly McCombie, Claire McLean, Jenny MacPherson, Toireasa Ryan, Janet Shaw
Coaches - Kevin McIntosh (Head), Darryl Benson, Andrew Budge Officials - Elsa Lepore (Manager), John Beer, Paul Lamond
Australia represented in judo:
Men – Anthony Clarke Women – Desiree Allan Coach - Trevor Kschammer (Head), Lara Sullivan
Darren Gardiner won a silver medal. He originally finished third but was awarded the silver medal after Habibollah Mousavi, gold medallist in +100 kg was disqualified after a positive doping test.
Australia represented in shooting:
Men - Ashley Adams, James Nomarhas, Peter Worsley, David Ziebarth Women – Elizabeth Kosmala
Coaches - Miroslav Sipek (Head), Hans Heiderman Officials - Michelle Fletcher (Manager), Craig Jarvis, Elizabeth Ziebarth
Australia represented in swimming:
Men – Ben Austin, Daniel Bell, Sam Bramham, Matthew Cowdrey, Alex Harris, Grant Dale, Matt Levy, Jeremy McClure, Ricardo Moffatti, Rick Pendleton, Kobie Scott, Alastair Smales, Rod Welsh
Women – Katerina Bailey, Sarah Bowen, Lichelle Clarke, Mandy Drennan, Marayke Jonkers, Kat Lewis, Hannah MacDougall, Katrina Porter, Sarah Rose, Dianne Saunders, Jessica Smith, Brooke Stockham, Prue Watt, Stacey Williams, Chantel Wolfenden
Coaches - Brendan Keogh (Head), John Beckworth, Peter Bishop, Graeme Carroll, Gwen Godfrey, Paul Simms Officials - Adam Luscombe (Manager), Zoe Young, Brendan Burkett,
Australia won 6 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze and finished 5th on the swimming total medals tally and 11th on the gold medal tally. Matthew Cowdrey won 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. Prue Watt won five silver and 2 bronze medals.
Wheelchair basketball 
Australia represented in wheelchair basketball:
Men – Brendan Dowler, Justin Eveson, Andrew Flavel, Adrian King, Tristan Knowles, Campbell Message, Grant Mizens, Brad Ness, Shaun Norris, Troy Sachs, David Selby, Daryl Taylor Coaches - Bernard Treseder (Head), Alan Cox, Craig Friday Officials - Kelvin Browner
Women – Lisa Chaffey, Shelley Chaplin, Paula Coghlan, Melanie Domaschenz, Karen Farrell, Kylie Gauci, Tina McKenzie, Alison Mosely, Jane Sachs, Sarah Stewart, Liesl Tesch, Melinda Young Coaches – Gerry Hewson, Darryl Durham Officials - Sonia Healy (Manager), Michael Dowling
Wheelchair rugby 
Australia represented in wheelchair rugby:
Men - Bryce Alman, Ryley Batt, Grant Boxall, Brett Boylan, Brad Dubberley, Nazim Erdem, George Hucks, George Kersnovske, Steve Porter, Steve Ryan, Patrick Ryan, Ryan Scott, Scott Vitale
Coaches - Terry Vinyard (Head), Glenn Stephens Officials - Kim Ellwood (Manager), Robert Doidge, Maria Spiller
Wheelchair tennis 
Headquarters staff - Paul Bird (Chef de Mission), Ken Brown (Assistant Chef de Mission), Nick Dean (Assistant Chef de Mission), Doug Denby (Assistant Chef de Mission), Jason Hellwig, Natalie Jenkins, Jacqui Knife, Richard Mathews, Stephen Mathews, Tony Naar, Graeme Watts
Sports Medicine and Sports Science - Syd Bourke, John Camens, Lily Chiu, Liz Cloughessy, Kieran Cusack, Maria Di Michele, Mick Jordan, David Lee, Murray Lydeamore, Mark MacDonald, Ingrid McKay, Claire Nichols, David Spurrier, Greg Ungerer, Luke Vladich Media - Graham Cassidy, Katie Hodge, Margaret McDonald, David Lutteral
See also 
- "Participation Numbers Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Medal Standings Athens 2004 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 8 June 2011.
- "Paralympic Games History - Summer". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- Media Guide - Athens 2004. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004.
- "Historical Results Database". International Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "15 November 2004". International Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
- Australian Paralympic Committee Media Guide Athens 2004
- International Paralympic Committee Historical Results Database - detailed listing of results