Geoff Trappett

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Geoff Trappett
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2000 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Trappett
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Douglas Trappett
Nationality  Australia
Born (1979-09-18) 18 September 1979 (age 34)
Brisbane

Geoffrey ("Geoff") Douglas Trappett, OAM[1] (born 18 September 1979)[2] is an Australian Paralympic athlete. He was born in Brisbane with spina bifida.[2][3] In 1999, he won two gold medals and broke two national records in the Men's 100 m and 200 m events, at the National Championships in Canberra and the Metro Challenge in Toronto, respectively.[2] At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the Men's 100 m T54 event, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1]and a silver medal in the Men's 4x100 m T54 event.[4] He was coached by Brett Jones in the twelve months before the 2000 Paralympics.[5]

In 2003 at an event in Canberra, he set a world record in the 100 m sprint; however he disqualified himself because he had made a false start that no-one else had noticed.[3] Two weeks later he ran the same event in the Gold Coast in a world-record time of 13.99 seconds.[3] At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, he won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100 m T53–54 event.[4]

In 2009, he was one of the first 150 people to be added to the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Trappett, Geoffrey Douglas, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Athlete's Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 December 2000. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Brown, Phil (1 September 2004). "spirit of a hero". Brisbane News. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Track and field's memorable moments". Herald sun. 30 October 2000. p. 64. 
  6. ^ Grimaux, Andre (10 December 2009). "Geoff Trappett inducted into hall of fame". Northern Times. Retrieved 7 May 2012.