Richard Eliason

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Richard Eliason
120411 - Richard Eliason - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Eliason
Personal information
Full name Richard Eliason
Nationality  Australia
Born (1988-04-08) 8 April 1988 (age 30)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, breaststroke
Classifications S14, SB14, SM14

Richard Eliason (born 8 April 1988) is an Australian swimmer. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in swimming. He did not medal at the 2012 Games.

Personal[edit]

Eliason was born on 8 April 1988 with an intellectual disability and is from Flynn, Australian Capital Territory.[1] In December 2011 during his preparation for the national selection trials for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Eliason was injured in a motorbike accident, preventing him from training for two months.[2] Some of his Games preparation took place at the Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre.[2] Given his motorbike accident, his coaches advised him to take the bus from place to place and to avoid using his bike until after the Paralympics.[2]

Swimming[edit]

Eliason is an SB14 classified swimmer,[3][1] and is coached by Cameron Gledhill at his club venue Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre.[2] As of 2012, he had a swimming scholarship with the Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sport.[4] He started competitive swimming in 2001.[1] At the Brisbane hosted 2006 Australian national titles, he placed in the top three in the 400 metres freestyle multi-disability event.[5] In March 2012, he competed in the Adelaide hosted national selection trials,[2] where he won the men's 100 metres breaststroke with a time of 1:10.07.[6][7]

Eliason made his national team debut at the 2005 INAS-FID Global Games, where he won a silver medal in the 200 metre breaststroke event.[1] He won a pair of gold medals, four silver medals and a bronze medals 2007 INAS-FID Global Games.[1] He competed in the Global Games again in 2009, where he earned a pair of gold and silver medals, and three bronze medals.[1] He was a member of the Australian team competing at the Dutch hosted 2011 IPC World Swimming Championships.[8]

Paralympics[edit]

Eliason at the 2012 London Paralympics

In July 2012,[9] Eliason was formally selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in the men's 100 metres breaststroke event in the intellectual disability classification,[3][10][11] which had been excluded since the 2000 Summer Paralympics intellectual disability controversy. He placed 5th in the final.[12] He did not medal at the 2012 Games.[1]

Personal bests[edit]

Course Event Time Meet Swim Date Reference
Long 50m Breaststroke 32.03 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 22-Mar-12 [6]
Long 100m Breaststroke 01:10.7 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 18-Mar-12 [6]
Long 200m Breaststroke 02:40.1 Canberra Christmas Classic 2007 1-Dec-07 [6]
Long 50m Butterfly 30.91 2008 Telstra Australian Swimming Championship 22-Mar-08 [6]
Long 50m Freestyle 27 2009 Burley Griffin October Meet 10-Oct-09 [6]
Long 100m Freestyle 01:00.5 2010 Telstra Australian Championship 16-Mar-10 [6]
Long 200m Freestyle 02:16.3 Telopea Summer Meet 2005 5-Nov-05 [6]
Long 400m Freestyle 04:48.5 ACT Summer 19-Nov-05 [6]
Long 200m Medley 02:33.6 2012 EnergyAustralia Swimming Championships 20-Mar-12 [6]
Short 50m Backstroke 37.26 Canberra WDS Meet 11-Jun-06 [6]
Short 50m Breaststroke 31.72 2012 NSW SC Country Championships 7-Jul-12 [6]
Short 100m Breaststroke 01:08.6 2012 NSW SC Country Championships 8-Jul-12 [6]
Short 200m Breaststroke 02:33.8 2006 NSW State Age SC Championships 15-Sep-06 [6]
Short 50m Butterfly 29.49 2011 Australian Short Course Championships 3-Jul-11 [6]
Short 100m Butterfly 01:09.9 Canberra WDS Meet 11-Jun-06 [6]
Short 50m Freestyle 26.29 ACT Short Course Championships 1-Aug-09 [6]
Short 100m Freestyle 59.82 Ginninderra Winter Short Course Carnival 2010 26-Jun-10 [6]
Short 200m Freestyle 02:14.1 2010 TVSC Annual Qualifying Meet 23-May-10 [6]
Short 200m Medley 02:31.5 Canberra WDS Meet 11-Jun-06 [6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Richard Eliason". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 12 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Lee Gaskin (2012-07-18). "Eliason wants to make up for lost time in London". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Paralympic swim team revealed". Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012-07-10. Archived from the original on 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-10. 
  4. ^ "Barr relishes Olympic late nights". CityNews. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  5. ^ "14-year-old dead-heats for title". The Age. 6 December 2006. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Richard Eliason personal bests". Swimming Western Australia. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  7. ^ Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB14 World Ranking, IPC
  8. ^ "Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association". Australian Swimming Coaches and Teachers Association. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Lee Gaskin (2012-07-11). "Team to beat follows the black line to London". Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Cowdrey leads Paralympic swim team". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
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