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Ben Austin

Benjamin James Austin, OAM[1] (born 7 November 1980) is an Australian Elite Athlete with a Disability (EAD) swimmer. His classification is S8 (above elbow amputee).

Ben Austin
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Austin waves to the crowd as he celebrates his silver medal win in the 200 m medley SM8 event at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Benjamin James Austin
Nationality  Australia
Born (1980-11-07) 7 November 1980 (age 36)
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, medley, butterfly
Classifications S8, SB7, SM8



Austin was born on 7 November 1980[2] in the New South Wales town of Wellington.[3] When he was a few weeks old, doctors amputated his left arm above the elbow due to birth-related complications. Outside of swimming, he plays rugby league, rugby union, water polo[2] and basketball.[3] He is a university student, working on a degree that will allow him to become an English as a Second Language teacher.[2] He is also studying kinesiology.[3] He currently resides in Sydney, Australia.[3] He is 187 centimetres (6 ft 2 in) tall and weighs 83 kilograms (183 lb).[3] He has four sisters.[4]


Austin swims his way to silver in the 200 m medley SM8 at the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Austin started swimming at five years of age,[4] and began swimming competitively in 1996. He represented Australia for the first time in 1999.[2] While he is primarily known for being a Paralympic swimmer, he also competed in abled bodied swimming.[2] He swims for Warringah Aquatic and is coached by Ben Davies.[3] In 2008, he was coached by Graeme Carroll.[5] He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.[4]

He has competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, the 2004 Summer Paralympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics.[2] At the 2000 Games, he won a silver medal in the 200 m individual medley, and two bronze medals in the 100 m butterfly and 4x100 m medley relay events.[3] At the 2004 Games, he won two gold medals in the 100 m freestyle and 4×100 m medley events, for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1] three silver medals in the 100 m butterfly, 200 m individual medley, and 4×100 m freestyle relay events, and a bronze medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay.[3][6] He set two world records at the 2004 Paralympic Games in the 100 m freestyle and 100 m butterfly events.[2] At the 2008 Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's 4x100 m Medley 34 pts relay and a silver medal in the 4x100 m freestyle relay.[6][3] He finished in fifth place in the 100 m butterfly event, and fourth in the 100 m freestyle event.[3]

He competed at the IPC Swimming World Championships in 2002 and 2006.[3] At the 2008 Australian Championships, he set a personal best time in the 100 m Freestyle event with a time of 0:59.08.[3]

2002 Manchester Commonwealth GamesEdit

Austin set two world records at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[2]

Heats Finals

2006 Melbourne Commonwealth GamesEdit

Austin set six world records at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[2]

Heats Finals


  1. ^ a b "Austin, Benjamin James, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ben Austin". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Ben Austin". Australia: Swimming Australia. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ben Austin" (Deadly Vibe Issue 92). Vibe Magazine. October 2004. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "One for the purists". Sydney, New South Wales: Sydney Morning Herald. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 19 April 2012.