Timothy Disken OAM (swimming) is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist who is making his second Games appearance at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Timothy Disken topped the podium in the men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 and 100m freestyle S9 four years ago on the Gold Coast. It had been a traumatic lead-up to the 2018 Games – he underwent emergency brain surgery the day before he was due to compete in an event in Toronto six months earlier – but to cap off his success he also met his partner Sinead at the Games. Timothy will be aiming to defend his 100m breaststroke title in Birmingham. Known to friends and competitors as ‘Disko’, the music-loving swimmer was born with cerebral palsy and began swimming when he was four as a form of therapy. He made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016, bringing home gold in the men’s 100m S9 freestyle, silver in the 50m S9 freestyle and completing the set with a bronze in the 200m SM9 individual medley. He was also part of the silver-medal winning 4x100m freestyle 34pt relay at his second Games in Tokyo. The pool at Tim’s former school in Melbourne, Glenallen, is named in his honour.
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