Neil Fuller

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Neil Fuller
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Action shot of Fuller sprinting at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Neil Robert Fuller
Nationality  Australia
Born 2 August 1969
Shoreham by Sea, Sussex
Fuller carrying the Australian flag at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Neil Robert Fuller, OAM[1] (born 2 August 1969 in Shoreham by Sea, Sussex)[2] is an Australian athlete, Paralympic competitor, and amputee.

During his youth, Neil was an ambitious soccer player, gaining a position playing at state level for South Australia. It was during a soccer match that his tibia and fibula were broken, and a major artery in his right leg was severed. Legally becoming an adult during his time in hospital, he opted to have the lower part of his right leg amputated after gangrene had set in.

Fuller has since made a comeback into the world of sports, becoming a world class runner and world record holder.

In 1990, Fuller competed in the 1990 World Championships and Games for the Disabled, Assen, Netherlands winning a bronze medal in the men's long jump 7F.[3] He participated in four consecutive Summer Paralympic Games, from 1992 to 2004. In 1992 he won a gold medal, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1] two silver medals, and one bronze medal. At the 1996 Summer Paralympics, he took silver in the 100 and 200 metre races and gold in the 4×100 metre relay. Four years later, at the Sydney Paralympics, he won four gold medals in the 200 metres, 400 metres, 4×100 metre relay, and 4×400 metre relay, and a bronze in the 100 metres. At the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, he won two silver medals in the 400 metres and the 4×400 metre relay, and a bronze in the 4×100 metre relay.[4]

Awards[edit]

He was inducted into the Athletics South Australia Hall of Fame in 1997.

In 2000, Fuller received an Australian Sports Medal for "service to amputee athletics as World Class Competitor and Development of National Training Squad".[5]

In 2001, he was inducted into the Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best'[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fuller, Neil Robert, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta U.S.A. August 15-25 1996 : Australia : team handbook. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1996. p. 26. 
  3. ^ World Championships and Games for the Disabled - Athletics Results. Netherlands: Organising Committee. 1990. 
  4. ^ Neil Fuller's profile on paralympic.org, retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Fuller, Neil Robert: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  6. ^ Australian Institute of Sport 'Best of the Best' </

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