Stephen Wilson (athlete)

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Stephen Wilson
Personal information
Full name Stephen Raymond Wilson
Nationality  Australia
Born 28 December 1971

Stephen Raymond Wilson, OAM[1] (born 28 December 1971)[2] is an Australian Paralympic athlete.

Personal[edit]

Wilson was born in Sydney on 28 December 1971.[3] In 1986, while he was a student at Newington College (1984–1987),[4] Wilson was hit by a truck and doctors were forced to amputate his right leg just below the knee.[5] He is married and has four children. He was a physical education teacher, and is currently the principal of Dalby Christian School.[2]

Competitive career[edit]

Stephen Wilson (second from left, with dark hair), interviewed with relay teammates Tim Matthews (left), Neil Fuller (obscured) and Heath Francis after winning the 4 × 400 m relay event at the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.

Wilson took up competitive running in 1997; in that year he competed at his first national competition and received the Developing Paralympian of the Year Award.[2] At the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, he won two gold medals in the Men's 4x100 m Relay T46 and Men's 4x400 m Relay T46 events,[6] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1] In 2000, his competitive sport participation was sponsored by the Motor Accidents Authority in New South Wales.[7] At the 2004 Athens Paralympics, he won a silver medal in the Men's 4x400 m T42–46 event and a bronze medal in the Men's 4x100 m T42–46 event.[6] At the 2008 Beijing Paralympics, he won a bronze medal in the Men's 4x100 m T42–46 event.[6] He has retired from competitive athletics.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wilson, Stephen Raymond". It's an Honour. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Stephen Wilson". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Athlete's Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 December 2000. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Newington College Register of Past Students 1863–1998 (Syd, 1999) pp 779
  5. ^ Wilson, Chris (6 July 2008). "Our blades have no place at Olympics". The Sunday Telegraph. Retrieved 17 August 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Success". Parliament of New South Wales. 1 November 2000. Retrieved 12 November 2011.