Competing in 50m, 100m and 400m Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley, 100m Butterfly (Classification: S13) at the Rio Paralympics
USC connection : USC Spartans swimmer, studying Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science
USC student Jake Templeton is set to make a splash at his Paralympic debut in Rio, representing Australia in five events at the Games. The Buderim freestyler, who is originally from Devonport in Tasmania, gained a Paralympics classification for his visual impairment at 18. Jake was born with a degenerative eye disease and is legally blind.
He moved to the Sunshine Coast three years ago and now studies Sport and Exercise Science at USC in addition to training for up to 25 hours per week. He received the Continued Excellence award at USC’s 2015 Sports Awards.
With one year left in his Sport and Exercise Science degree, Jake hopes to build a career working in a sport science role with professional sporting teams.
Jake’s swimming career highlight was making the finals of the S13 400m freestyle at the World Championships in Glasgow last year, and he hopes to match or better this performance in Rio.
Watch Jake compete
- Men’s 100m Butterfly S13: Heats Thurs 8 September 11.09am (Fri 9 September 12.09am AEST), finals 7.39pm (Fri 9 September 8.39am AEST)
- Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM13: Heats Sat 10 September 10.38am (11.38pm AEST), finals 6.54pm (Sun 11 September 7.54am AEST)
- Men’s 400m Freestyle S13: Heats Mon 12 September 9.30am (10.30pm AEST), finals 5.30pm (Tues 13 September 6.30am AEST)
- Men’s 50m Freestyle S13: Heats Wed 14 September 10.46am (11.46pm AEST); finals 7.46pm (Thurs 15 September 8.46am AEST)
- Men’s 100m Freestyle S13: Heats Fri 16 September 10.57am (11.57pm AEST); finals 7.24pm (Sat 17 September 8.24am AEST)