We were proud to see 14 year old Col Pearse, a competitive swimmer who was one of our Round 1 recipients have the honour of carrying the Queen’s baton in his hometown of Euchuca.
Col applied for a grant in our inaugural round to assist him with the cost of travel, equipment and coaching to continue his pathway as a Victorian and National swimming champion. Due to a farming accident at age 2 years, Col had his right foot amputated from below the ankle. He has been fitted with a prosthesis, which he is wearing daily.
It’s been an incredibly busy time for Col, having moved to Melbourne so he can train with an elite squad, starting a new school, and competing in a number of events.
His most recent was the Tasmanian Age Championships where he won 3 gold, 1 silver and set 2 new Australian age records in his class of S10.
His next major competition is the 2018 Pan Pacific trials in July.
Col we are so proud of all you have achieved so far. Best of luck for the year ahead and preparing for the Pan Pacific trials in July!
From all the team at Sport Access Foundation.
To read more about Col, view our Honour Roll page.
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