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•Australia will compete in 13 of the 20 sports at the London 2012 Paralympic Games
•Australia’s Team of 304 includes 161 athletes, including three pilots for vision-impaired athletes, and 143 staff.
•The 2012 Team is the largest sent by Australia to a Paralympic Games overseas, and includes 13 more members than the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team. The Team for the Sydney Paralympic Games in 2000, remains Australia’s largest ever (278 athletes and 157 officials).
•The youngest athlete on the 2012 Team is swimmer Maddison Elliott (NSW), who will be 13 years and 300 days old when the Paralympic Games open on August 29.
•Shooter Libby Kosmala (SA) is Australia’s oldest athlete and will be 70 years old when the Games open. Libby will compete at her 11th Games and has won 9 gold and 3 silver medals.
•The average age of the Australian Team is 28. The average age of the male athletes is 29 and the average age of female athletes is 27.
•80 athletes (49.7%) will attend their 1st Paralympic Games in 2012. 56% of the 2008 Team attended their first Games. 45% of the 2004 Team attended their first Games.
•42 athletes (26%) named on the 2012 Team have attended an APC Paralympic Talent Search Day. 27 APC Talent Search athletes represented Australia in Beijing 2008 (16% of athletes) and won a total of 14 medals (17% of total medals won)
•At World Championships contested over the past two years, Australia won medals in 10 of the 13 sports we will contest at London 2012.
•Australia has finished in the top 5 at every Paralympic Games since Atlanta1996.
•Australia has won 989 Paralympic medals and is aiming for its 1000th in 2012.
•At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, Australia won 23 gold, 29 silver and 27 bronze medals to finish fifth on the gold medal tally and fourth overall.
London 2012 Paralympic Games - Fast Facts
•Most number of competing athletes and countries
•19 more countries compared to Beijing four years ago
•16 countries will compete at their first Paralympic Games
•1 million tickets already sold – a record at this stage of Games preparations
•Record number of Rights Holding Broadcasters and Accredited Media
•An expected global audience of 3.8 billion people