|Full name Michael Auprince|
Classifications S9, SB8, SM9
Coach Craig Stevens
Role Basketball Player
Name Michael Auprince
Club Sans Souci
|Born 21 February 1993 (age 30) (1993-02-21)|
The University of Alabama: Michael Auprince
Michael Auprince, OAM (born 21 February 1993) is an Australian swimmer and wheelchair basketball player. He set several swimming records and was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London in swimming, where he won gold and bronze medals.
Michael Christopher Auprince was born on 21 February 1993, and is from Peakhurst, New South Wales. When he was ten years old, his left leg was amputated by choice; the limb had no muscles as a consequence of a congenital birth defect. Prior to the surgery, he wore a prosthesis that gave his leg support. In 2007, Banks MP Daryl Melham presented Auprince and sixteen other athletes a Federal Government sports achievement award. He attended Peakhurst High School and Georges River College at their Oatley Senior Campus. He also plays wheelchair basketball.
Auprince is an S9 classified swimmer. He is a member of the Revesby Swimming Club and is coached by Mick Gauci. He took up the sport in 2003 within six months of his leg being amputated.
In 2007, Auprince trained with the Australian Paralympic development team at a training camp in Maroochydore, Queensland. That year, he spent up to twelve hours a week and had broken several age and classification based national swimming records. He first represented Australia in an international competition in 2009 when he competed in the 09 Canadian hosted CanAm Championships. In 2010, he competed in the Sydney hosted State Age Championships, where he set two records including one in the 200 m record in the multi-disability event and the other an Australian record in the 100 m backstroke. That year, he trained up to eleven times a week. He competed at the 2010 IPC World Swimming Championships where he finished fifth in the 100 m backstroke. He was the youngest member of the Australian team competing at the Dutch hosted 2011 IPC World Swimming Championships.
In 2012, Auprince had four gym sessions and nine swimming training sessions a week. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics in swimming. In preparation for the Games, he participated in a sixteen-day Thailand-based team training camp. While there, he could not fully train as he had to deal with a case of food poisoning. He was scheduled to attend a training camp ahead of the Games in early August in Wales.
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics he won a gold in the 4 x 100 m freestyle relay and a bronze in the 4 x 100 m medley relay. He also participated in the S9 class of the Men's 100 m Backstroke, 100 m Butterfly, 100 m Freestyle and 50 m Freestyle events – as well as the Men's 200 m Individual Medley SM9. He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."
At the conclusion of the 2012 Paralympic Games, Auprince decided to play wheelchair basketball, being selected for the Under-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Competition in Turkey. As of 2015, Auprince plays in the United States for the Alabama Crimson Tide at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He also plays for the Wollongong Rollerhawks in the National Wheelchair Basketball League.