• Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m breaststroke Classification: SB14
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m breaststroke Classification: SB14
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 200m breaststroke Classification: SB14

Quick Facts

How acquired
Date of Birth
April 8, 1988
Flynn, ACT
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Brenton Rickard, Wayne Bennett

Career Highlights

Winning silver in the 100m breaststroke at the 2010 IPC World Championships in Eindhoven

Greatest Moment

Two personal best times at the 2011 Australian Championships with a fractured shoulder


Like most Australian children, Richard Eliason learnt to swim at a young age in order to keep his head above the water. But what began as a basic safety precaution turned into a life-long love affair with the water.

Richard has come a long way from his early days in the pool and burst on to the international swimming circuit, with a 200m breaststroke silver medal at the 2005 INAS-FID Global Games.

Two years later, he followed up with two gold, four silver and one bronze medal at the 2007 Global Games and in 2009, he helped Australia win the overall medal tally by contributing two gold, two silver and three bronze medals to the board.

Richard excelled at the 2010 World Championships, winning a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke to prove himself a world class performer. In the lead up to the 2012 Games, he suffered a fractured shoulder which hampered his preparations. Despite this, Richard won silver in the 100m breaststroke at the 2011 Para Pan Pacs and bronze in the 50m breaststroke at the 2011 National Titles. At his first Paralympics in London, the Canberra native finished fifth in the 100m breaststroke.

When he’s not swimming, Richard enjoys riding his motorbike and watching the Moto GP as well as supporting the Cronulla Sharks in the NRL and listening to his favourite band, Blink 182.

He draws inspiration from Australian swimmer Brenton Rickard, who until London, held the able-bodied world record for Richard’s pet event, the 100m breaststroke.