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Sporting Person: STADDON, BOB, Swimming
Staddon, Bob
Type Sporting Person
Person Details STADDON, BOB
Sport Details Swimming
Member of the Sporting Hall of Fame Yes
Biography After growing up in Avalon NSW since 1960 Bob Staddon's family moved to Cooranbong in 1972 then to New Lambton in 1973. He attended Broad Meadow High School until 1977 where he participated in swimming and board riding and achieved his Bronze Medallion, Bronze Cross and Intermediate Star (an instructors certificate) in life saving. On completing school Staddon joined the Royal Navy and was involved in a swimming pool accident in Jakerta in September 1980 which resulted in quadriplegia. As part of his rehabilitation Staddon began swimming lessons at the Royal North Shore Hospital then commenced training under Eric Arnold at his Junction Swimming Centre. 1982 to 1986 was spent concentrating on swiming including work as an instructor at Foster and the Junction. He began lecturing for the prevention of spinal injuries (for the Royal North Shore) visiting schools and other organisations in NSW.
Staddon was the first quadriplegic in Australia to gain an advanced open water diving certificate and in 1994 the first Australian quadriplegic to obtain a Coxwain's certificate. Staddon continues to lecture on the prevention of spinal injuries for the Chiropractors Association and is also in demand as a public speaker.
Achievements NATIONAL: 1981 Melbourne Para-Quad National Games (1 gold 2 silver)
1984 Sydney Para-Quad National Games (1 gold 2 silver)
1986 Adelaide 14th Wheelchair Games (2 gold 1 bronze)
1992 Australian National Record cl S5 50m freestyle
1992 Autralian National Record cl SB3 50m Breaststroke
INTERNATIONAL: 1982 Hong Kong, Fespic Games (2 gold 1 silver)
1983 Stoke Mandeville, International Games (1 silver 1 bronze)
1984 Stoke Mandeville, Paralympics (3 bronze)
OTHER AWARDS: 1984 Sport Australia Awards "Best Single Sporting Performance"
1984 1984 NBN Sport Star of the Year Award - Special Award
1984 Para-Quad Sporting Federation "Most Outstanding Swimming Award"
1987 Newcastle Autralia Day Council "Citizen of the Year"
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