Action shot of Francis during his gold medal run in the 400 m T46 at the 2000 Summer Paralympic's
|Full name||Heath Wesley Francis|
16 November 1981 |
Newcastle, New South Wales
Heath Wesley Francis, OAM (born 16 November 1981 in Newcastle, New South Wales 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. 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.
He received a Medal of The Order of Australia for his 2000 gold medals. He also received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000 and a Centenary Medal in 2001. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder from 2003 to 2010 and was coached by Irina Dvoskina. In 2014, he was inducted into the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre Path of Champions.
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- "Francis, Heath Wesley: Centenary Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 22 January 2012.
- "AIS Track and Field Achievements". Australian Sports Commission Website. Australian Sports Commission. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
- "Goodman honoured with prestigious Paralympic Medal". Athletics Australia. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2011.
- "2014 Induction Ceremony". Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre website. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
|Awards and achievements|
Nathan Deakes and Anna Meares
|Australian Athlete of the Year
2008 (with Ken Wallace)
Emma Moffatt and Brenton Rickard