Siobhan Paton

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Siobhan Paton
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Siobhan Paton at the 2000 Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Siobhan Bethany Paton
Nationality  Australia
Born (1983-08-28) 28 August 1983 (age 33)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly
Club Telopea Swim Club (Joined: 1998)

Siobhan Bethany Paton, OAM (born 28 August 1983) is an Australian Paralympic swimmer. As of 2004, she holds thirteen world records in her disability class of S14.

Paton represented Australia at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, where she won six gold medals, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia, and set world records on nine occasions in the process. In recognition of her achievement, the Australian Paralympic Committee named her "Paralympian of the Year", and she was honoured on a postage stamp. She was also awarded an Australian Sports Medal before the 2000 games. In 2013, she was inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame.

2000 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Siobhan Paton only competed in one Paralympics in her career she managed to set many world records; some of which remain unbroken.

Paton won six Paralympic medals during the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games. She won gold in the 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 200m individual medley.

After 2000[edit]

In 2004, Paton competed in the INAS-FID (International Sports Federation for People with an Intellectual Disability) World Championships, where she won fourteen gold medals and three silver. That same year, she won three gold medals, two silver and two bronze at the Global Games.[1]

Paton could not compete in the 2004 or 2008 Paralympics, due to the International Paralympic Committee's decision to suspend the participation of all athletes with intellectual disabilities.[2][3] From 2000 to 2002, she held an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship.[4] Her sister Sarah Paton competed in the Women's 800m Freestyle at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[5]

Paton with Jacqueline Freney at the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

In 2013, she was inducted into the ACT Sport Hall of Fame.[6] In October 2014, she was inducted into the Path of Champions at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.[7]


  1. ^ "Athletes with a Disability - Swimming - Achievements", Australian Institute of Sport
  2. ^ "IPC suspends intellectually disabled athletes from competition", Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 30 January 2001
  3. ^ ""Intellectually Disabled" Athletes Banned From 2004 Paralympic Games", Inclusion Daily Express, 28 September 2004
  4. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X. 
  5. ^ "Sarah Paton". Sports Reference - Olympic Sports. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Our best athletes ever". Sydney Morning Herald. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Olympic and World Champion swimmers inducted into Path of Champions". Swimming Australia. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 

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