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Date of Birth
Baulkham Hills, NSW
Five gold medals and four Australian records at the 2008 Pacific School Games
Born with cerebral palsy, Kristy Pond announced herself as a star in the making with a superb performance at the 2011 Arafura Games. As a 14-year-old she won a stunning seven gold medals and set a new Australian record in the shot put. The amazing run led to Kristy winning the prestigious IPC Athlete of the Month in May 2011, the second youngest winner of the award.
Kristy had already starred at a host of junior events, including the 2008 Pacific School Games where she hauled five gold medals and four Australian records. She then went on to win six gold medals at the 2010 National Underage Championships. Kristy’s impressive run of results ensured she was named 2010 Parramatta Sportsperson of the Year, before she was asked to run the Queen’s Baton prior to the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The Sydney athlete continued her eye catching form at the 2011 IWAS World Games, claiming gold in the 800m and bronze in the 100m.
Highly regarded for her dedicated attitude towards training, Kristy can often be found at Parramatta Park at the crack of dawn, working her way through a morning session. Coached by her mother Jenny Pond and former Paralympic champion Louise Sauvage, the up-and-coming athlete has a wealth of expertise and knowledge in her corner.
Outside of the demanding nature of training and completing her schooling, Kristy enjoys spending time with her two pet labradoodles. She is a routine viewer of television soap Home and Away and lists the Centre for Great Apes in Florida as her favourite holiday destination.
Most recently, Kristy’s brilliant achievements were again recognised when she was named 2012 NSW Young Athlete with a Disability. She has made London 2012 qualifying times in the 100m and 200m which will hopefully set Kristy up for her first Paralympic Games in London.
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