Michael Auprince

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Michael Auprince
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Auprince
Personal information
Full name Michael Auprince
Nickname(s) Aupy
Nationality  Australia
Born (1993-02-21) 21 February 1993 (age 24)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Classifications S9, SB8, SM9

Michael Auprince, OAM (born 21 February 1993) is an Australian swimmer and wheelchair basketball player. He set several swimming records and was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London in swimming, where he won gold and bronze medals.


Michael Christopher Auprince was born on 21 February 1993,[1][2] and is from Peakhurst, New South Wales.[3] When he was ten years old, his left leg was amputated by choice; the limb had no muscles as a consequence of a congenital birth defect.[3][4][5] Prior to the surgery, he wore a prosthesis that gave his leg support.[5] In 2007, Banks MP Daryl Melham presented Auprince and sixteen other athletes a Federal Government sports achievement award.[5] He attended Peakhurst High School[5] and Georges River College at their Oatley Senior Campus.[3] He also plays wheelchair basketball.[1]


Auprince is an S9 classified swimmer.[1][6] He is a member of the Revesby Swimming Club and is coached by Mick Gauci.[4] He took up the sport in 2003 within six months of his leg being amputated.[1][4]

In 2007, Auprince trained with the Australian Paralympic development team at a training camp in Maroochydore, Queensland.[5] That year, he spent up to twelve hours a week and had broken several age and classification based national swimming records.[5] He first represented Australia in an international competition in 2009 when he competed in the 09 Canadian hosted CanAm Championships.[1] In 2010, he competed in the Sydney hosted State Age Championships, where he set two records including one in the 200 m record in the multi-disability event and the other an Australian record in the 100 m backstroke.[4] That year, he trained up to eleven times a week.[4] He competed at the 2010 IPC World Swimming Championships where he finished fifth in the 100 m backstroke.[1] He was the youngest member of the Australian team competing at the Dutch hosted 2011 IPC World Swimming Championships.[7]

In 2012, Auprince had four gym sessions and nine swimming training sessions a week.[3] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming.[6][8] In preparation for the Games, he participated in a sixteen-day Thailand-based team training camp. While there, he could not fully train as he had to deal with a case of food poisoning.[3] He was scheduled to attend a training camp ahead of the Games in early August in Wales.[3]

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics he won a gold in the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay and a bronze in the 4 x 100 m medley relay.[9][10] He also participated in the S9 class of the Men's 100 m Backstroke, 100 m Butterfly, 100 m Freestyle and 50 m Freestyle events – as well as the Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9.[10] 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."[2]

Wheelchair Basketball[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2012 Paralympic Games, Auprince decided to play wheelchair basketball, being selected for the Under-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Competition in Turkey. As of 2015, Auprince plays in the United States for the Alabama Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also plays for the Wollongong Rollerhawks in the National Wheelchair Basketball League.

Personal bests[edit]

Course Event Time Meet Swim Date Reference
Long 50 m Backstroke 29.83 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 20-Mar-12 [11]
Long 100 m Backstroke 01:04.3 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 15-Mar-12 [11]
Long 200 m Backstroke 02:26.6 2010 NSW State 13–18 Years Age 4-Jan-10 [11]
Long 50 m Breaststroke 37.28 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 22-Mar-12 [11]
Long 100 m Breaststroke 01:26.1 2011 MC Age Championships 9-Oct-11 [11]
Long 50 m Butterfly 28.7 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 17-Mar-12 [11]
Long 100 m Butterfly 01:05.1 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 21-Mar-12 [11]
Long 50 m Freestyle 26.9 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 16-Mar-12 [11]
Long 100 m Freestyle 58.81 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 19-Mar-12 [11]
Long 400 m Freestyle 05:39.3 2007 NSW State Open Championships 16-Feb-07 [11]
Long 200 m Medley 02:28.1 2011 MC Age Championships 7-Oct-11 [11]
Short 50 m Backstroke 29.75 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 3-Jul-11 [11]
Short 100 m Backstroke 01:02.9 2012 NSW Metropolitan SC Championships 14-Jul-12 [11]
Short 200 m Backstroke 02:20.4 2009 NSW Metropolitan SC Champ 27-Jun-09 [11]
Short 50 m Breaststroke 37.17 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 2-Jul-11 [11]
Short 100 m Breaststroke 01:22.6 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 3-Jul-11 [11]
Short 50 m Butterfly 30.08 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 3-Jul-11 [11]
Short 50 m Freestyle 26.82 2012 NSW Metropolitan SC Championships 14-Jul-12 [11]
Short 100 m Freestyle 59.91 2010 Telstra Australian Short Course 14-Jul-10 [11]
Short 200 m Medley 02:26.7 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 1-Jul-11 [11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Michael Auprince". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Carayannis, Michael. "Swimmer aims for medal glory". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Vella, Joanne. "Revesby Swimming Club's Michael Auprince breaks records at the State Age Championships". Canterbury-Bankstown Express. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Mulcair, John (22 September 2007). "Michael's eager to take on the world". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Paralympic swim team revealed". Australian Paralympic Committee. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association". Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Cowdrey leads Paralympic swim team". ABC Grandstand Sport – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Michael Auprince – Athlete Results". London 2012 Paralympic Games. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Results for Michael Auprince from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Michael Auprince personal bests". Swimming Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 

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