When Tamsin Colley was 18-months-old, she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour, causing ataxic cerebral palsy. With issues in mobility and coordination, Tamsin used a wheelchair for a couple of years, before deciding that she wanted to learn to walk on her own.
After attending an APC Talent Search Day at the age of six, Tamsin joined her local Little Athletics squad and began smashing national age records in short- and middle-distance running and long jump.
In 2015 she won the Randwick Council Junior Sports Star of the Year award, the Southern Courier’s Young Sporting Spirit award, and a McDonald’s Little Athletics scholarship.
Following the exclusion of the Russian team from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Tamsin was selected to represent Australia in the 200m. The youngest athlete on the Australian Paralympic Team, she fell over in her heat with about 25m to go, placing 6th.
At athletics meets, Tamsin competes in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, discus, javelin and shot put. She is the current Oceanic record holder in her pet event, the 200m, and is the highest ranking competitor in the world in the 400m. She has also participated in cross-country at state-level.