Although she’s the youngest athlete on the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team, Sydneysider Tamsin Colley is set to impress when she makes her Paralympic debut at Rio.
Classified as a T36 Para-athlete, the Kensington local has been smashing Australian records in the U16 and U18 100m and 200m sprints for the last few years, and holds the national record in the U16, U18, U20 for the 400m and 800m running and long jump.
At just 18 months old, Tamsin was left fighting for her life when she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. Although the tumour was removed successfully, the surgery resulted saw her acquire cerebral palsy, leaving her coordination and mobility issues. As a toddler, Tamsin required assistance to walk and used a wheelchair in her formative years.
As she got older, Tamsin was determined to learn how to walk on her own. Once she mastered that, she began running and developed a passion for sport.
At six-years-old, the Randwick Girls High school student attended an APC Talent Search Day, where her talents in athletics were discovered. Having been exposed to Paralympic sport from a young age, the talented youngster has worked towards this Paralympic berth for many years.
In 2016, Tamsin was awarded the Young Sporting Spirit award for her state and national achievements in U16 competitions, and is extremely excited to be making her international debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Sports & Disciplines
- Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 200m Classification: T36