Liam Schluter

Liam Schluter (swimming) won silver in the men’s 200m freestyle S14 at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games but was unable to replicate the result at his second Games in Birmingham.

Liam, who lives with an intellectual disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), started swimming when he was two years old at the Kawana Aquatic Centre on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. He loved sport, playing rugby league, golf and tennis before becoming a squad swimmer alongside his sister when he was 10.

He won four medals – including gold in the 400m and 1500m freestyle at the 2015 INAS Global Games – before switching focus to shorter events ahead of his first Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro where he reached two finals. He claimed bronze as a member of the mixed 4x100m freestyle relay S14 team at his first World Para Swimming Championships in London in 2019, as well as making the final in three individual events. The 2019 Sunshine Coast Senior Sports Person of the Year swam three events at his second Paralympics in Tokyo where his best result was fourth in the men’s 200m freestyle S14.

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Gold Coast, 2018

Birmingham, 2022

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Education Details:

completed Grade 10

Club details:

Kawana Waters Swimming Club

Why did you begin your sport?

I began in my sport of swimming at age 9 initially to keep active and fit, and to see how far I could go in representation, and as time went on I then sets my sights on swimming for Australia.

Do you have any pre-competition routines or rituals?

Listen to my favorite songs prior to racing, no rituals.

What is your most memorable sporting achievement?

Winning my first International gold medals in Ecaudor for the 400m and 1500m Freestle, winning the Bronze medal in Glascow for the 200m Freestyle and being selected onto the Rio Paralympic making two finals for the 2oom freestle coming 5th and 7th for the 200m Indivdual Medley nto the Rio Paralympic Team and making 2 final

Who is your hero / idol, and why? Have you ever met them?

Jonathon Thurston he is an amazing athlete so talented, a great team leader, a clean ambassador to the sport of football, he is dedicated to helping others young people strive in sport visiting remote area's. I have never meet him.

Who has been the most influential person or people in your career and why?

My coach Michael Sage is very influential in my sporting career, he provides me with tactics and confidence that is required in a race plan, he helps me reach my potential, he pushes me and guides me in a way that brings out the best in me. My parents have been supportive and encouraging me throughout my career and if it wasn't for them I wouldn't be where I am today. They financially supported my needs as a swimmer, and have taken me all around Australia competing, the encourage me on race day and support me in the crowd, having them there has help me build confidence in my racing.

Do you have any hobbies away from your sport?

I live near the beach so I like to go fishing and crabbing in my boat, I enjoy the bush life the adventures of travelling out to Western Qld to see my family recently I traveled out there in my 4 wheel drive, hitting the dirt tracks and tackling the mud. I enjoy body boarding at the beach as well.

What is your sporting ambition?

To win a medal at the Commonwealth Games and be selected onto the Para Pan Pac's team and the Tokyo Para Games for 2020


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