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Tamsin back from Para World Championships in Dubai

Tamsin Colley recently represented Australia and CPSARA at her first senior World Championship in Dubai, last November.

CPSARA interviewed Tamsin after her return to Australia about her amazing experience and results.

This was your first senior world championships right? How was the experience?

Yes it was, it was an amazing experience thanks especially making friends and staying with the other members of the Australian team and competing against all the other countries! It was also great to see all the wonderful volunteer officials from Dubai and the enthusiasm the country has to make this World Championships a success!

How was this experience compared to Rio Paralympics and Junior Championships?

Well it certainly beats the Paralympics because I didn’t fall over in my race this time! Haha, but seriously I’m grateful for all these international experiences and couldn’t compare them as they were all different and amazing in their own way. This World Champs was certainly smaller-scale than the Rio Paralympics, with less crowds and pressure. The World Junior Para-Athletics Championships in Switzerland was amazing as I won two silver medals on the 100m and 200m along with the amazing scenery and atmosphere.

What was the highlight of competing in Dubai?

The actual running was awesome of course but my favourite part of my World Championship experience was when Sally Pearson recorded two videos on her story for me and posted a photo of my result! She is an inspiration to me and I  recently participated in a workshop with her on the 17th of December.

What were your results? Were they PBs?

In my 200m heat I crossed the line 4th with a personal best time and qualified for the final that night. In the final I came 8th overall with a time that also beat my PB prior to these Championships!

How was competing in a mixed relay?

It was a really great experience and I was so lucky to have been selected for the Australian Team in the first ever Universal 4x100m relay along with Chad Perris (visually impaired athlete), Sarah Walsh (amputee athlete) and Luke Bailey (wheelchair athlete)! We finished 8th overall after four teams got disqualified due to changeover difficulties (which we luckily avoided)!

How do you do a relay change with a wheelchair athlete?

For the mixed relay there was just a tap on shoulder/arm/hand for the changeover as would be hard pushing a wheelchair with a baton! It was a bit tricky (hence why some other teams got disqualified) because the ambulant [standing] athlete has to bend down a little to change over to the wheelchair athlete, I touched his shoulder as he was already moving quite fast!

Congratulations Tamsin!


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