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Michael Anderson (swimmer)

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Michael Anderson
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Anderson
Personal information
Full name Michael James Anderson
Nationality  Australia
Born (1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 29)
Bellingen, New South Wales
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke, Freestyle
Classifications S10, SB9, SM10
Club Somerset
Coach Jan Cameron

Michael Anderson, OAM (born 12 July 1987) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer who has won gold, silver and bronze medals at the three Paralympics from 2008 to 2016. [1]


Anderson has nerve damage to his leg caused by meningitis and a hearing impairment. He was born and grew up in Bellingen in the Northern Rivers. He moved to the Gold Coast to study for a Bachelor of Sport Management degree at Griffith University.[2][3]


Anderson at the 2012 London Paralympics

Anderson made his international debut at the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne where he finished sixth in the 50m backstroke.[4]

At the 2006 IPC Swimming World Championships in Durban, South Africa Anderson won a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 event.[2] He competed in three events at the 2008 Beijing Games, winning a silver medal in the Men's 100 m Backstroke S10 event.[5] He battled shoulder injuries around the time of the 2008 Beijing Games.[2] He competed at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands and did not win a medal.[6] He has been an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming scholarship holder.[7]

At the 2012 London Paralympics, Anderson won a gold medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay and a bronze medal in the 4x100 m medley relay. He also participated in the S10 class of the Men's 100 m Backstroke, 100 m Freestyle and 50 m Freestyle events.[5] He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[3]

At the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, Glasgow, Scotland, he won a bronze medal in the Men's 4×100 m Freestyle Relay 34pts as a heat swimmer. He finished fourth in the Men's 4×100 m Medley Relay 34pts, sixth in the Men's 100m Backstroke S10, tenth in the Men's 50m Freestyle S10 and eleventh in the Men's 100m Freestyle S10.[8]

As of 2015, he is coached by Jan Cameron at the University of the Sunshine Coast [9] and is a Queensland Academy of Sport Scholarship holder.[10]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, Anderson competed in three events. He finished sixth in the final of Men's 100m backstroke S10, but didn't progress to the finals in Men's 50m Freestyle S10 and Men's 100m Freestyle S10. [11]


  1. ^ "Swimming Australia Paralympic Squad Announcement". Swimming Australia News. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Michael Anderson Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Michael Anderson Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Results for Michael Anderson from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Best medal haul since Sydney". Swimming Victoria News. 25 August 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 13 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Michael Anderson results". Glasgow 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. Retrieved 21 July 2015. 
  9. ^ "Jan Cameron joins elite coaching group with Platinum recognition". Swimming Australia website. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  10. ^ "Michael Anderson". Queensland Academy of Sport website. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "Michael Anderson Results". Rio Paralympics Official Results. Rio Paralympics 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 

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