Heath Francis

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Heath Francis
221000 - Athletics track 400m T46 Heath Francis action - 3b - 2000 Sydney race photo.jpg
Action shot of Francis during his gold medal run in the 400 m T46 at the 2000 Summer Paralympic's
Personal information
Full name Heath Wesley Francis
Nationality  Australia
Born (1981-11-16) 16 November 1981 (age 35)
Newcastle, New South Wales
Francis shown wrapped in the Australian flag and holding his gold medal won in the Men's 4 x 100 m T46 relay at the 2000 Summer Paralympic Games

Heath Wesley Francis, OAM[1] (born 16 November 1981 in Newcastle, New South Wales[2] is an Australian athlete who has participated in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Paralympics. His right arm was amputated at the age of seven as a result of a mincing accident on his family farm in Booral, New South Wales.[3] At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics he became the first arm amputee athlete to win the sprint treble (100m, 200m and 400m events) at a Paralympics, a feat he accomplished 2 years earlier at the 2006 IPC World Championships. He competes in the T46 classification for arm amputees, where he is the current 200m (21.74s) & 400m (47.63s) World Record holder. Both World Record times were run at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.[4]

Francis at the end of the 400m at the 2008 Beijing Games

In 2000, his competitive sport participation was sponsored by the New South Wales WorkCover.[5]

He received a Medal of The Order of Australia for his 2000 gold medals.[1] He also received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000[6] and a Centenary Medal in 2001.[7] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 2003 to 2010[8] and was coached by Irina Dvoskina.[9] In 2014, he was inducted into the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Path of Champions.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Francis, Heath Wesley, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia. Canberra: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. p. 25. 
  3. ^ "Heath Francis Athlete Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Australian paralympic Committee. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Francis snares gold and record time". SBS World News. Retrieved 2008-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Success". Parliament of New South Wales. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Francis, Heath: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Francis, Heath Wesley: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "AIS Track and Field Achievements". Australian Sports Commission Website. Australian Sports Commission. Retrieved 8 March 2012. 
  9. ^ "Goodman honoured with prestigious Paralympic Medal". Athletics Australia. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2011. 
  10. ^ "2014 Induction Ceremony". Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre website. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nathan Deakes and Anna Meares
Australian Athlete of the Year
2008 (with Ken Wallace)
Succeeded by
Emma Moffatt and Brenton Rickard