Ben Austin

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Ben Austin
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Austin waves to the crowd as he celebrates his silver medal win in the 200 m medley SM8 event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Benjamin James Austin
Nationality  Australia
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 37)
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley, butterfly
Classifications S8, SB7, SM8

Benjamin James Austin, OAM[1] (born 7 November 1980) is an Australian Elite Athlete with a Disability (EAD) swimmer. His classification is S8 (above elbow amputee).


Austin was born on 7 November 1980[2] in the New South Wales town of Wellington.[3] When he was a few weeks old, doctors amputated his left arm above the elbow due to birth-related complications. Outside of swimming, he plays rugby league, rugby union, water polo[2] and basketball.[3] He is a university student, working on a degree that will allow him to become an English as a Second Language teacher.[2] He is also studying kinesiology.[3] He currently resides in Sydney, Australia.[3] He is 187 centimetres (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighs 83 kilograms (183 lb).[3] He has four sisters.[4]


Austin swims his way to silver in the 200 m medley SM8 at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Austin started swimming at five years of age,[4] and began swimming competitively in 1996. He represented Australia for the first time in 1999.[2] While he is primarily known for being a Paralympic swimmer, he also competed in abled bodied swimming.[2] He swims for Warringah Aquatic and is coached by Ben Davies.[3] In 2008, he was coached by Graeme Carroll.[5] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[4]

He has competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, the 2004 Summer Paralympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[2] At the 2000 Games, he won a silver medal in the 200 m individual medley, and two bronze medals in the 100 m butterfly and 4x100 m medley relay events.[3] He went into the Sydney 2000 Games ranked number one for the 200m individual medley and held top 5 rankings in both the 100m and 50m freestyle and butterfly events.[6] At the 2004 Games, he won two gold medals in the 100 m freestyle and 4×100 m medley events, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1] three silver medals in the 100 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, and 4×100 m freestyle relay events, and a bronze medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay.[3][7] He set two world records at the 2004 Paralympic Games in the 100 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly events.[2] At the 2008 Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts relay and a silver medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay.[7][3] He finished in fifth place in the 100 m butterfly event, and fourth in the 100 m freestyle event.[3]

He competed at the IPC Swimming World Championships in 2002 and 2006.[3] At the 2008 Australian Championships, he set a personal best time in the 100 m Freestyle event with a time of 0:59.08.[3]

Austin became a pioneer of Australian swimming and he did this by bridging the gap of respect, recognition and equality to the Paralympic swimming movement in Australia, through his inspiring achievements and growing public profile.[6]

Ben became the first Paralympic Telstra Dolphins Ambassador and also the first Paralympic ambassador for Austswim.[6]

2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games[edit]

Austin set two world records at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[2]

Heats Finals

2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games[edit]

Austin set six world records at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[2]

Heats Finals


  1. ^ a b "Austin, Benjamin James, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ben Austin". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ben Austin". Australia: Swimming Australia. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ben Austin" (Deadly Vibe Issue 92). Vibe Magazine. October 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "One for the purists". Sydney, New South Wales: Sydney Morning Herald. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Halogen". Retrieved 2017-09-08. 
  7. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 April 2012.