Rowan Crothers

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Rowan Crothers
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait
Personal information
Full nameRowan Crothers
Nickname(s)Magnet
Nationality Australia
Born (1997-10-24) 24 October 1997 (age 21)
Gosford, New South Wales, Australia
Height196 cm (6 ft 5 in)
Weight77 kg (170 lb)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClassificationsS10, SB9, SM10
ClubYeronga Park
CoachRob Van Der Zant

Rowan Crothers (born 24 October 1997) is an Australian freestyle swimmer.[1] He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Rowan Crothers was born 15 weeks prematurely on 24 October 1997 in Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast.[3] His prematurity resulted in him developing Cerebral Palsy and Chronic Lung Disease. He has mild spastic diplegia and swims with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Classifications S10, SB9, SM10. He is currently a member of Yeronga Park Swim Club and is trained by Rick Van Der Zant. Rowan is a member of the integrated Australian Swim Team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Australian Para Swim Team for the 2014 ParaPanPacs. He is also a serving youth ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Rowan currently lives in Moorooka on the south side of Brisbane and is studying a Bachelor of Public Relations & Communications at Griffith University.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Crothers made his international swimming debut as a 13-year-old at the 2011 Arafura Games where he claimed a bronze medal in the Men's 400m MC freestyle and broke 4 Australian National Age Records in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m freestyle events in the S9 classification. He has since gone on to claim S9 Australian National Age Records in freestyle as a 13, 14, 15 and 16 year old in the 50m, 100m, 200m, and the 400m freestyle. At the 2013 Australian Short Course Championships Rowan broke the men's S9 World Record for the 400 metre SC freestyle. He then followed this up at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships by breaking World Records in the S9 100m freestyle twice, and then breaking the S9 200m freestyle WR. As well as setting these new records, Rowan qualified for the 2014 Australian Commonwealth Games Swim Team and the 2014 Para Pan Pacs Team. Rowan's Cerebral Palsy affects the efficiency of his kick and he has worked consistently on perfecting a propulsion style to make the most out of the leg strength and coordination he has.

Crothers competed at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. He competed in four events and qualified for the finals in each. He placed fifth in the Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle (34 points), sixth in Men's 400m Freestyle S10, fifth in Men's 100m Freestyle S10 and sixth in Men's 50m Freestyle S10.[4]

National Open Competition Medal Tally[edit]

2012 Australian Open Swimming Championships

Silver - Men 12 & Over 400 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class [5]

2013 Australian Open Water Championships

Silver - Men 5K Open Water Multi-Class[6]

2013 Australian Open Swimming Championships

Silver - Male 400 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class [7]

Bronze - Male 100 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class [8]

2013 Australian Open Short Course Swimming Championships

Gold – Men’s Open 400 SC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class (WR)[9][10] [11]

2014 Australian Open Swimming Championships

Gold – Men’s 100m freestyle Para Sport S9 (WR)[12][13]

Gold – Men’s Open 100 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class (WR)[14][15][16][17]

Silver – Men’s Open 400 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class[18]

Gold – Men’s Open 200 LC Metre Freestyle Multi-Class (WR)[19][20][21]

International Competition Medal Tally[edit]

2011 Arafura Games inc. Oceanic Paralympic Championships

Bronze - Men's 400 LC Meter Freestyle Multi-Class [22]

2013 IPC Swimming World Championships - Montreal

Gold – Men’s 34pt 4 × 100 m freestyle relay [23]

Bronze - S9 Male 100m freestyle [24]

Awards[edit]

  • 2009 Best Novice Athlete - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
  • 2009/10 North-West Regional Finalist - Quest Youngstar Award for Sport
  • 2010 Most Improved Junior Athlete - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
  • 2010/11 North-West Regional Finalist - Quest Youngstar Award for Sport
  • 2010 Roy Fowler Male Swimmer of the Meet - Queensland AWD Swimming Championships
  • 2011 Best Junior Athlete - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
  • 2011 Swimmer of the Meet State Multi-Class Swimming Championships - Queensland Swimming
  • 2011/12 North-West Regional Winner - Quest Youngstar Award for Sport [25]
  • 2012 Swimmer of the Meet State Multi-Class Swimming Championships - Queensland Swimming
  • 2013 RSL Youth Development Program Grant Recipient [26]
  • 2013 Brisbane Swimming Association Swimmer with a Disability for 2012/13 [27]
  • 2014 Brisbane Swimming Association President's Award for 2013/14 (Glen Bigg Trophy)
  • 2014 Junior and Senior Male Athlete of the Year - Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association [28]
  • 2017 - Swimming Australia Paralympic Program Swimmer of the Year.[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rowan Crothers". Swimming Australia Athlete Profile for Rowan Crothers. Archived from the original on 9 August 2014. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Swimming Australia Paralympic Squad Announcement". Swimming Australia News. Retrieved 13 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Rowan Crothers". g2014results.thecgf.com. Glasgow 2014. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Rowan Crothers". Rio Paralympics Official Results. Rio Paralympics 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "2012 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  6. ^ "2013 Australian Open Water Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  7. ^ "2013 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  8. ^ "2013 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  9. ^ "IPC Short Course World Records". created by IPC Sport Data Management System. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Update from Rick from the Australian SC Nationals". Ricks Blog, August 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Coach of the Year: Rick Van Der Zant". Sporting Wheelies Annual Awards, November 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  12. ^ "2014 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  13. ^ "IPC Long Course World Records". created by IPC Sport Data Management System. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  14. ^ "2014 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  15. ^ "IPC Long Course World Records". created by IPC Sport Data Management System. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  16. ^ "McKeon Commonwealth Games legacy continues". Swimming Australia, 01/04/2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  17. ^ "Freney and Elliott join team for Glasgow". APC News, Swimming Australia, 03/04/2014. Archived from the original on 15 April 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  18. ^ "2014 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  19. ^ "2014 Australian Swimming Championships - Swimming Results" (PDF). Swimming Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 August 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  20. ^ "IPC Long Course World Records". created by IPC Sport Data Management System. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  21. ^ "Swim Swam Day 4 at the Australian Swimming Trials". Swim Swam, Braden Keith, April 04th, 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  22. ^ "2011 Oceania Paralympic Championships - Swimming Results". Foxsportspulse.com 8th May 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  23. ^ "2013 IPC World Swimming Championship Men's 4x100m Freestyle Relay 34pts - Results" (PDF). IPC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  24. ^ "2013 IPC World Swimming Championship Men's 100m Freestyle S9 - Results" (PDF). IPC. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  25. ^ "YoungStar winners honoured at Quest's gala awards night". Quest Newspapers June 17, 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Rowan Crothers documents his journey to Paralympic swimming dream". Leanne Edmistone The Courier-Mail January 14, 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  27. ^ "2012-13 Brisbane Seasonal Award Winners". Brisbane Swimming News, May 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Cronau wins top honour at state awards". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association News, 21 November 2014. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 22 November 2014.
  29. ^ "Emily Seebohm and Emma McKeon reign supreme at Swimming's Gala Awards Night". Swimming Australia website. Retrieved 29 October 2017.

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