Richard was born in 1984 with Spina Bifida. Richard took to sport at a young age he was involved in many sports before the love of athletics took his full attention. In 2006 Richard won a Bronze medal in the T53 800m at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Assen, The Netherlands. In 2008 Richard won a Silver medal in the T53 200m and a Bronze in the T53 400m at the Beijing Paralympic Games.
My very special guest on TWM Podcast today is one of my Coaches mentor and life long friend, Peter Van Miltenburg. Peter is a former Australian sprinter who specialised in the 200 metres. In 1984 he was the Australian 200 metre champion. He also went to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics where he competed in the 100/200 metres.
2 time Winter Olympian Michelle, was the first Australian woman to compete in the event of Skeleton at the Olympics. Following a 10 year career in the sport Michelle retired in 2014 and now lives in Brisbane with her husband and 2 daughters.Michelle transferred into the sport of skeleton in 2004 at the age of 18 from Surf Life Saving and Gymnastics. Her first overseas experience was in Calgary with a team of Aussie girls learning to slide skeleton tracks. Michelle then followed the world cup circuit each northern hemisphere winter for 10 years. She spent a lot of time in Europe and North America, also raced in Japan and Russia.