Name: Tamara Leigh Nowitzki

Date of Birth: 22nd of May 1976

Place of Birth: Brisbane

Swimming Club: Ferny Hills Swimming Club

Coach: Brendan Keogh


Cerebral Palsy
Dopa-Responsive Dystonia
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder



Squad Membership

  • Sydney 2000 Paralympic Training Squad 1997-2000
  • Telstra Dolphins (Swimmers with a Disability)
  • Queensland Academy of Sport (Athletes with a Disability)
  • Sporting Wheelies Junior Development Squad

Major Events: 100m Breaststroke, 100m Freestyle, 50m Freestyle

Status: Retired


About Me

  1. Darren Hayes from Savage Garden went to the gym where I did my training for the Paralympics
  2. I have climbed Mt Warning
  3. I enjoy skydiving
  4. My favourite foods are chocolate, condensed milk, Bonoffee Pie, Italian and Chinese
  5. I featured on a cinema ad for Australian Catholic University and on a billboard for Queenslander’s Credit Union
  6. I love wild rides
  7. My favourite movie is The Shawshank Redemption
  8. I could never swim butterfly
  9. I would love to visit Canada and Alaska
  10. My family and friends play a very important part in my life
  1. Use public transport
  2. Stay up late (as I tire very easily)
  3. Cut up my own food
  4. Open cans, jars and cartons
  5. Manipulate clips, buttons and zippers
  6. Lift anything out of the oven and off the stove
  7. Keep up with the handwriting speed of my peers
  8. Speak (when the dystonia is at its worst)
  9. Move easily
  10. Walk distances
  11. Negotiate uneven ground
  12. Balance
  13. Lockup and leave my house
  14. Live independently


Academic Achievements:

  • Level 7 Trinity College (Speech and Drama) 1993
  • Level 7 Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Speech in Action 1993
  • Year 12 Ferny Grove State Hight School 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts (Australian Studies and Literature) Australian Catholic University 1997
  • Volunteer Tutoring Course for adults with low literacy levels 2002
  • Certificate III Business Administration Traineeship 2003