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Over the next few months, we will showcase our 2020 CPSARA Award Winners. COVID19 restrictions meant that celebrating their achievements in person weren't possible this season. Instead, we will celebrate their stories together and hear from each of our athletes. Our award winners will share with us what these awards mean to them, their best achievements and favourite memories from last season as well as how they have adapted to overcome COVID19 and of course, their goals for next season and beyond!

Victoria Robinson

Margaret & Allan Gregson Encouragement Female Swimming Award

I was awarded the Margaret & Allan Gregson Encouragement Award for swimming. Winning this award makes me feel like it was worth all those 4.30am wake ups go to into a freezing cold pool and train hard.

My best swimming achievements in the last competition season were in the school zone swimming competition, reducing my 50m backstroke PB by 14 seconds.

Initially during lockdown I was swimming in our own unheated pool in winter. When the pools opened up I have been swimming 4x a week in the mornings, and going to the gym.

In 2021, I want to get back to my pre-covid swimming times, and then improve all my PB’s. I have qualified for the Australian Age Swimming Championships on the Gold Coast, and I am planning to go to that competition. In the long term I am aiming to swim at the Paralympics in Paris, 2024 or Los Angeles, 2028.

“Don’t give up on your hopes and dreams even if COVID has set them back. Don’t let fear overcome you.” Victoria Robinson, September 2020


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