CPSARA AWARD WINNERS STORIES
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!
I competed at two international events during the 2020 season. The first was the UCI Cat 1 Para track International in December 2019 in Brisbane. This was a preparation event for the Aus Team before Track Worlds in January and was also the event that I broke the World Record in too. The second international event of the season was the 2020 Para Track World Championships in Canada at the end of January 2020. This was a great experience because we got to have our preparation camp in Los Angeles and I think we were one of the last sports to have an international comp before COVID-19. I am always honoured every time I get the opportunity to suit up in the green and gold, and represent Australia. I'm thankful that CPSARA recognise this achievement to all their athletes who put in the hard work to get to that level!
My best achievements this season include defending my nation title in the C2 Men's 1km TT, I then broke the world record in the mens C2 Men's 1km TT and came 3rd in the C2 Men's 1km TT at the 2020 Para Track World Championships.
I was pretty lucky to be provided with a stationary trainer for the track bike from NSWIS, so I was able to get my velodrome sessions done at home which was great. I also resumed my university studies online after initially deferring for the year to focus on Tokyo. So I was pretty busy during lockdown. Competition is starting back up over the next few months and I'm keen to get back into it all, that's for sure!
At the moment, the big goal is to continue to post good times and make the team for Tokyo 2021 and make the podium at the games if I get there. Beyond that, the next goal is to win a World Championship on the track and break the World Record again.
Margaret & Allan Gregson Encouragement Female Athletics Award
Winning this award made me so happy that my hard work in athletics is being acknowledged.
My best achievements this season would have to be during the Little Athletics competitions that we managed to get in last season (before COVID). These competitions were encouraging for me as I set a fair few PB's.
Another highlight from this season was my big weekend at NSW juniors which showed that hard work and dedication to training with my coach is starting to pay off. I am really loving training with my coach. My results included Gold in 100m with a Personal Best and time of 14.63sec. I also won Gold in 200m with another Personal Best, Siver in 400m with a Personal Best, Silver in long jump and Bronze in 800m with another Personal Best. I also attended my Regional Little Athletics in Wollongong where I placed 1st in all of my 6 events (100,200,800, long jump, shot put and discus).
The highlight of my season would have been when I went to the AIS to the AACT T&F champs and placed 4th out of 7 in the open 100m. It was pretty cool running against Paralympians Tamsin, Carly Salmon and Ella Pardy.
COVID has been pretty tough, I have been training by myself for quite a few months now which has been really hard mentally, trying to get myself motivated, but with NSW Athletics just releasing new dates, I am very excited to see how my times will go up against other athletes.
My goal for next season is to get my 100m time down by another second and my 400m down as well. If I can do this, I feel I stand a really good chance to be internationally classified and my aim is the Commonwealth Games.
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