Friday, July 26, 2024

‘Team Blacktown’ in the swim for Paralympics

Two swimmers and their coach who train at Blacktown Aquatic Centre are on their way to the Paralympic Games in Paris.

Tim Hodge and Chloe Osborn from ACU Blacktown Swim Club both qualified following the Australian Swimming Trials in Brisbane in June.

Blacktown City Council Mayor, Brad Bunting, congratulated the trio and labelled them ‘Team Blacktown’.

“Tim, Chloe and Misha are inspiring people who have shown how dedication and hard work can lead to big things,” he said.

“I am sure everyone in Blacktown City will be cheering them on at the Paralympics.”

Tim, 23, was 2023 Blacktown City Sports Awards Sportsperson of the Year and was also awarded the title of Young Citizen of the Year in 2012.

The Kings Langley resident will compete at his third Paralympics, swimming in the men’s 400m freestyle S9 class, men’s 100m breaststroke SB8 class, men’s 100m backstroke S9 class, men’s 200m individual medley SM9 class, men’s 100m butterfly S9 class and the mixed 4x100m medley relay 34 points.

Chloe, 20, is making her Paralympics debut. In April, she won two gold medals in freestyle at the World Para Swimming European Open Championships.

The Rouse Hill resident will swim in the women’s 400m freestyle S7 class.

Club coach, Misha Payne, has been named among the coaching staff for the Australian Dolphins team.

Blacktown City Council has supported the club by ensuring junior and adult swimmers can practise to the best of their ability at Blacktown Aquatic Centre.

Mayor Bunting said he was pleased Council had played a role in their success.

“Providing quality facilities gives people such as Tim, Chloe and Misha the opportunity to make the most of their ability and fulfill their dreams,” he said.

In June 2024 Blacktown City was named ‘Council of the Year’ at the Sport NSW Community Sports Awards for its top quality venues and community partnerships.

The Paralympics kick off on 28 August.

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