Rick Pendleton

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Rick Pendleton
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Pendleton in 2008
Personal information
Full name Rick Pendleton
Nationality  Australia
Born (1985-01-12) 12 January 1985 (age 30)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, medley
Classifications S10, SB9, SM10

Rick Pendleton, OAM[1] (born 12 January 1985) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer from Sydney. He was born without his left hand. He turned to swimming after his rugby league career was ended by a knee ligament injury. He attended high school at Marcellin College Randwick.[2]

He has won five Paralympic gold medals. He won a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the 4×100 m medley 34pts event, and two gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Games, at the 4×100 m medley 34pts and 200 m individual medley SM10 events.[3] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics he won a bronze medal in the 4×100 m medley relay 34pts and a bronze medal in the 200 m individual medley SM10.[3]

In 2009, he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his 2008 gold medals.[1] He was an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming scholarship holder.[4]

At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa he won a silver medal in the 200m individual medley and bronze in the 100m breaststroke.[citation needed]

In 2011, at the age of 26, he competed in the Can-Am Swimming Open, where he earned a gold medal in the S10 200m butterfly event, a silver medal in the men’s SM10 200 m individual medley, and a bronze in the 100m freestyle event.[5]

He works as a swimming coach at Matthew Flinders Anglican College's Flinders Swim Club.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)". ABC News. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Govorcin, Damir (9 November 2008). "Marcellin honours old boy for Paralympic golds". The Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "AIS at the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sport News". Paralympic.org. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  6. ^ "Flinders Swim Club". Matthew Flinders Anglican College. Retrieved 8 December 2013.