As successful a Para-swimmer as Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson is, it is sheer commitment – not luck – that has overseen her rise to the top of her sport.
Lucky, who competes as an athlete with cerebral palsy after a stroke at birth, but also has epilepsy and micrographia, was first introduced to Paralympic sport at a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day in 2012. It was there that she met three-time Paralympian Michael Anderson, who helped her to realise she had what it took to race alongside the world’s best.
Launching her competitive career in 2013, Lucky received her first Australian cap – and a bronze medal to boot – at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. But it was another year before she really gave her S8 peers something to think about, and that was when she returned home from the 2015 World Championships with one gold, two silver …Read More