• Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S9
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m individual medley Classification: SM9

Quick Facts

Left leg limb loss
How acquired
Peakhurst, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

His parents

Career Highlights

Being part of the 4x100m freestyle and medley relay teams that won gold and bronze at London 2012, making the 100m backstroke final at 2010 World Championships and placing fifth

Greatest Moment

Putting on the green and gold cap for the first time in 2010


Having dominated at a range of junior swimming competitions, Michael Auprince entered his first Paralympic Games in London determined to prove himself on the world stage. Racing in the heats for the 4x100m freestyle and medley relay teams, Michael helped Australia win a gold and bronze medal. Individually he came close to medaling in his favoured event, the 100m backstroke, where he finished fourth.

The Sydney-based athlete started his international swimming career with two gold and one bronze medal at the 2009 CanAm Championships in Canada. In 2010 he made his first final and finished fifth at his first major international competition, the World Championships. Hoping to improve on his results in London, Michael underwent a rigorous training schedule of 11 sessions per week.

And the hard work paid dividends. Michael won gold in the 50m backstroke at the 2011 National Championships before carving up the field at the 2011 Underage National Championships, winning seven gold medals and one silver. Just 19 at the Games, he improved on his 100m backstroke world championship result by one second and finished just over a second behind fellow Australian Matthew Cowdrey.

Michael took up swimming as a form of therapy after he had his left leg amputated. Born without left leg muscles, at 10 years of age he and his parents made the call to have his leg removed after years of wearing a supportive prosthesis.

As well as swimming, he is a keen wheelchair basketballer and looks to Canadian dual-Paralympic gold medallist Patrick Anderson for inspiration in his own sporting career. He was named in the U23 Australian wheelchair basketball squad and while currently dedicating all his time to swimming, would like to play ball professionally overseas in the future.

Michael’s dedication towards swimming has not stopped him pursuing his passion for music. A multi-talented musician in a diverse range of instruments, he specialises in playing the baritone saxophone with the Georges River stage band. Also a lover of all things science fiction, Michael loves eating home-made pizza.