Lakeisha “Lucky” Patterson has cerebral palsy, early-onset Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and micrographia. She took up swimming at the age of three as therapy for her legs – to ease her muscles and give her a good night’s rest. Since taking up the sport however it became a passion rather than a medical treatment.
In 2014, Patterson was readying herself for the Para Pan Pacs in August but gained an unexpected ticket to Glasgow after an injury to Paralympic champion Jacqueline Freney. The youngest swimmer on the team, Patterson won bronze in the S8 100m freestyle, touching the wall in 1:08.98. Fellow Australian Maddison Elliott, also 15, won gold and set a new world record in the event (1:05.32), with silver going to England’s Stephanie Slater.
Lakeisha went on to compete at the 2015 World Championships where won silver in the 50m freestyle and 4×100m medley relay 34 points and bronze …Read More