Cameron de Burgh

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Cameron de Burgh
141100 - Swimming 4 x 100m freestyle 34pts Alex Harris Cameron De Burgh Ben Austin Scott Brockenshire silver medals - 3b - 2000 Sydney medal photo.jpg
De Burgh with teammates Alex Harris, Ben Austin and Scott Brockenshire showing their silver medals won in the Men's 4 x 100 m freestyle relay 34pts at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1971-04-11) 11 April 1971 (age 44)
New Zealand

Cameron de Burgh (born 11 April 1971)[1] is an Australian Paralympic swimmer, who has won four medals at two Paralympics.

Personal[edit]

De Burgh was born in New Zealand on 11 April 1971,[1] and moved to Brisbane in Australia in 1991.[2] At the age of 16, his trail-bike was hit by a car while he was performing a U-turn and his right leg was amputated above the knee due to his injuries.[2] Four months after the accident, he began an apprenticeship at a golf course.[2]

Swimming[edit]

De Burgh on the pool deck at the 1996 Summer Paralympics

De Burgh started swimming in the early 1990s.[2] In 1995, he won five gold medals at the Australian National Swimming Championships.[2] He won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games in the Men's 4x100 m Freestyle S7–10 event.[3] In the freestyle and butterfly events at the 1996 Games, he set Australian records.[2] He was a 1997 and 1998 Motor Accidents Authority Paralympian.[2][4] In 1998, he competed at the IPC Swimming World Championships in Christchurch.[2] In the 100 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly events, he won silver medals.[2] At the Championship, he was part of the Australian 4 x 100 m relay team that won a gold medal.[2] In 1999, he competed in the German and United Kingdom national swimming championships. His medal haul at these two events included five gold medals, a silver medal and a bronze medal.[2] In 2000, his competitive sport participation was sponsored by the Motor Accidents Authority in New South Wales.[5] At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, he won two silver medals in the Men's 100 m Freestyle S9 and Men's 4x100 m Freestyle 34 pts events and a bronze medal in the Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts event.[3]

Recognition[edit]

In 1995, the Australian Paralympic Federation named De Burgh their Developing Paralympian of the Year.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Athlete's Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 19 October 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Cameron de Burgh". New South Wales, Australia: Motor Accidents Authority. 1999. Archived from the original on 8 October 1999. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 14 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Team MAA 2000". New South Wales, Australia: Motor Accidents Authority. 2000. Archived from the original on 8 October 1999. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Success". Parliament of New South Wales. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 12 November 2011.