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Australian swimmer Grant Patterson represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in swimming.
Nicknamed Scooter, Patterson is from Cairns, Queensland and has Diastrophic dysplasia, a joint fusion disability connected to dwarfism. He owes his nickname to the non-motorised scooter which he uses to move around, including up to the edge of the pool during competitions.
Patterson started competitive swimming in 2007. At the 2009 Australian Open, he came in first in the 100m backstroke event. He first represented Australia in 2009 at the Arafura Games where he won two gold medals and one bronze medal. At 2010 Berlin International Championships, he earned two gold medals and one silver medal.]Competing at the 2011 Australian National Championships, he set a world record in the 100m backstroke event.
Grant was a member of the Australian team competing at the 2010 IPC Swimming World Championships in Netherlands. At the 2011 Para Pan Pacific Championships, he earned seven medals. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming but did not medal. At the 2013 IPC Swimming World Championships in he won a silver medal in the Men’s 150 m Individual Medley S3 and two bronze medals in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S3 and Men’s 100 m Freestyle S3.
When competing at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, he won a silver medal in the Men’s 150m Individual Medley S3.
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