Paralympic track star Neil Fuller
Making the final of the 1500m in Beijing and racing in front of 90,000 spectators
Winning U18 football premiership in 2005
Michael Roeger says that he isn’t scared of anything, but even if he was, there’s little chance anything would be able to catch him. When Michael runs, he just does not stop.
Despite his success as a middle distance runner, Michael got the call up as an emergency runner and laced up for the second leg of the 4x100m relay team at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships. However, it is in the middle distance events Michael has excelled. He captured two bronze medals in the 800m and 1500m at his first time representing Australia at the 2006 FESPIC Games in Malaysia. In 2007 he continued to improve, capturing his first National Championship victories, winning both the 800m and 1500m events.
Michael competed at his first Paralympics in Beijing and finished eighth in the 1500m and 11th in the 5000m. His performance in the 800m broke a 12-year-old Australian record. Since then he has progressed, almost grabbing a podium spot in placing 4th in the 800m at the 2011 World Championships. Under the guidance of Iryna Dvoskina, Michael is shaping as a legitimate medal contender at London 2012.
If anyone asks him, Michael says that his amputated arm came as the result of a shark attack while surfing with his brother Chris, but in reality he has had it since birth. He is a keen sports follower, particularly when it comes to AFL, golf and cricket. Michael enjoys a kick of the footy and lists a football premiership in 2005 with his club Langhorne Creek as a sporting career highlight.
Michael has his sights firmly fixed on a Paralympic gold medal. Australia is hoping Michael sticks at what he does best in London – lasting the distance.