Who Is Magnetbrain? Former Valorant Professional Who Earned Gold on the Tokyo Paralympics

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Rowan “magnetbrain” Crothers is an Australian Valorant professional who simply gained a gold medal on the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics’ swimming occasion. He was previously part of Pants Down, a Valorant staff based mostly in Oceania, and he certified for the LetsPlay.Dwell (LPL) Challengers final yr. After the event, magnetbrain took a break from Valorant to arrange himself for the Tokyo Paralympics. He managed to win a gold medal in swimming on the occasion whereas recognized with cerebral palsy. It seems to be like magnetbrain doesn’t let his situation hinder him in swimming or esports.

Magnetbrain’s journey from Valorant to the Olympics

After competing with Pants Down in 2020, magnetbrain began getting ready for the Tokyo Paralympics 2021. He managed to win a gold medal on the Males’s 50m freestyle swimming occasion and he additionally gained the 4×100 males’s relay swimming occasion together with his Paralympics staff. He additionally participated within the males’s 100m freestyle occasion and earned the silver medal.

Magnetbrain was recognized with cerebral palsy at a younger age and he took up swimming on the age of seven. He began competing in Para swimming in 2009. He grew an curiosity in Paralympic sport after watching Australian Para athlete, Peter Leek win a gold medal on the 2008 Paralympic Video games.

His bio within the Worldwide Paralympic Committee reads, “I’ve at all times been unhealthy at sports activities however I at all times beloved swimming. I needed to swim with the rookies for a really very long time as a result of the cerebral palsy affected my stroke and I acquired actually unhappy having to swim with the six-year-olds after I was 10. Once I noticed the Paralympic Video games, I spotted that I may very well be an amazing swimmer, simply totally different. I need different youngsters with disabilities to know they are often nice swimmers too.

His in-game identify, “magnetbrain” which he makes use of to compete in Valorant, is definitely a nickname he acquired when he used to play water polo again in 2014. He was in a position to cease a ball from getting into the aim together with his head, which is what led to his nickname.

His different achievements embrace being named 2014’s Junior Male Athlete of the Yr and Senior Male Athlete of the Yr by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Affiliation in Queensland, Australia. He was additionally named 2012/13 Finest Para Swimmer by the Brisbane Swimming Affiliation in Queensland, Australia. In 2020, he appeared in a documentary named ‘No Distinguishing Options’, a movie that’s based mostly on six people with impairments. He has additionally served as a youth ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy League in Australia.