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Timothy Disken
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2016 Australian Paralympic team portrait
Personal information
Full nameTimothy Malcolm Disken
Nickname(s)"Disko"
NationalityAustralian
Born (1996-11-03) 3 November 1996 (age 26)
Melbourne, Australia
Home town Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Years active2014–
Height1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Spouse(s)Hannah Disken
Sport
CountryAustralia
Sport Paralympic swimming
Disability Cerebral palsy
Disability class S9
Event(s) Breaststroke
Freestyle
Medley
ClubPLC Aquatic
Coached byDamien Gogoll
Medal record
Men's Swimming
Representing Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Paralympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Rio de Janeiro 100m freestyle S9
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg2016 Rio de Janeiro 50m freestyle S9
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2020 Tokyo 4×100 m medley 34 pts
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg2016 Rio de Janeiro 200m individual medley SM9
World Para Swimming Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2015 Glasgow 4x100m freestyle S9
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2019 London 4x100m freestyle 34 points
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2018 Gold Coast 100m freestyle S9
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg2018 Gold Coast 100m breaststroke SB7

Timothy Malcolm Disken, OAM (born 3 November 1996) is an Australian paralympic swimmer. He represented Australia at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and won bronze in the men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay. [1] At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the men's 100m freestyle S9, a silver medal in the men's S9 50m freestyle and a bronze medal in the men's 200m individual medley SM9. [2] [3] He also competed at the 2020 Summer Paralympics. [4]

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Personal

Disken was born in Melbourne, Victoria, on 3 November 1996 [5] and has cerebral palsy. [6] He has an older brother Jeff who played water polo at a national level in Australia. [6] When not competing Disken enjoys producing house music. [7] Disken also likes to play piano and learned the piano for 12 years. [8]

Sporting career

Disken began participating in swimming aged 4, as a form of therapy for his cerebral palsy and started to compete in the sport at age 10. [6] He was selected to attend a development camp, along with other swimmers who were seen as having potential ahead of the 2016 Paralympics. [6]

In 2014, Disken then went on to win gold in the 50 LC backstroke event at the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships in Brisbane. [9] He made his senior international debut at the 2014 Para Pan Pacific Championships in Pasadena CA [6] [10] Where he won bronze in the Men's S9 400m freestyle and gold in the Men 100 LC Meter breaststroke. [11]

In 2015, Disken represented Australia at the IPC Swimming World Championships winning bronze in the Men's 4 × 100 m freestyle relay 34 Points. [1] He finished 5th in the Men's 100m Breaststroke SB8, 4th in the Men's 50m Freestyle S9, sixth in the Men's 400m Freestyle S9, seventh in the Men's 200m Individual Medley SM9 and fourth in the Men's 4 × 100 m Medley Relay 34 Points. [1]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he won the gold medal in the Men's 100m Freestyle S9, silver medal in the Men's 50 m Freestyle and the bronze medal in the Men's 200m Individual Medley SM9. [2] Disken's also competed in the Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle and finished fifth. [1] [2] [6] [10]

In October 2017 Disken required emergency brain surgery while competing for Australia in Toronto, Canada. He has shunted hydrocephalus and the shunt broke, leaving him unconscious within hours. He fought back after his recovery and represented Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where he won the gold medal in S9 100m freestyle and Gold in SB8 100m breaststroke.(13)

At the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, he won bronze medal in Men's 4 × 100 m Freestyle (34 points), finished fourth in the Men's 4 × 100 m Medley (34 points) and fifth in the Men's 100 Freestyle (S9). [12]

At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, Disken qualified for both the Men's 50 m freestyle S9 and Men's 100 m breaststroke SB8 finals. He finished seventh in both events. [13] In the Men's 4x100m Medley 34 pts, he swam together with Ben Popham, Timothy Hodge, and William Martin. His team won the silver medal in a time of 4:07.70, just over a second behind the winners, RPC, who set a new world record. [14]

He was selected to compete at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games. [15]

Disken is coached by Yuriy Vdovychenko at the National Training Centre in Canberra. [6]

Recognition

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