Michael Anderson (swimmer)

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Michael Anderson
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Anderson
Personal information
Birth name Michael James Anderson
Nationality  Australia
Born 12 July 1987 (1987-07-12) (age 27)

Michael Anderson, OAM (born 12 July 1987) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer who won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London.

Biography[edit]

Anderson has nerve damage to his leg caused by meningitis and a hearing impairment. He grew up in Bellingen in the Northern Rivers. He moved to the Gold Coast to study for a Bachelor of Sport Management degree at Griffith University.[1][2]

At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa Anderson won a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 event.[1] He competed in three events at the 2008 Beijing Games, winning a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 event.[3] He battled shoulder injuries around the time of the 2008 Beijing Games.[1] He competed at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands and did not win a medal.[4] He has been an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming scholarship holder.[5]

At the 2012 London Paralympics, Anderson won a gold medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay and a bronze medal in the 4x100 m medley relay. He also participated in the S10 class of the Men's 100 m Backstroke, 100 m Freestyle and 50 m Freestyle events.[3] He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Michael Anderson Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Michael Anderson's profile on paralympic.org. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Best medal haul since Sydney". Swimming Victoria News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 13 March 2012.