Tasmania had a Paralympic or Olympic swimmer for the first time in more than two decades, thanks to Jacob Templeton who made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.
Born with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease, Jacob has been determined to become the best swimmer he can since learning to swim as a child. Early in 2013 Jacob was nationally and internationally classified as a legally blind, visually impaired athlete.
Jacob caught the attention of Australian selectors at the 2013 Australian Short Course Championships where he won gold in the 50m and 100m multi-class freestyle, just missing both S13 world records. He also took silver in the 100m butterfly and a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly.
These performances saw Jacob join the Australian Bronze Squad and the Road to Rio Paralympic Development Squad for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. It also saw him join the high performance Paralympic program …Read More