Commonwealth Games Para-sports Achievements

Written on the 18 July 2018

Commonwealth Games Para-sports Achievements


The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games was an amazing success for Australia and our athletes. 

But the greatest achievement for Australia was making this year's games the largest major sporting event to integrate para-sports, hosting up to 300 para-athletes and 38 medal events across seven sports.

Our Australian para-athletes made their mark at the games, winning 13 gold, 14 silver and 15 bronze, a total of 42 medals and approximately 20% of all medals won by Australian athletes at the games.

Kurt Fearnleywheelchair racer and one of Australia's greatest para-sports athletesin a passionate address, called for Australians to embrace inclusion of people with disability.

Fearnley has now retired from track racing but as a parting gift, won gold in the men's wheelchair marathon having dominated from the start of the race.

Fearnley's amazing achievements are a reminder that having a disability does not mean you can't achieve your goals, no matter how high.

While there were many great stories, another one that stands out is of swimmer Timothy Disken who, diagnosed with cerebral palsy, went from being in a coma and undergoing emergency brain surgery to winning the 100m freestyle and breaststroke within six months!

The remarkable performance of our para-athletes has sent a powerful message that the focus should always be on people's abilities rather than their disability.

 


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