Rowan Crothers proved he is a force to be reckoned with when at just 16-years-old he swam the race of his life to win gold and break a world record in the men’s 100m S9 freestyle at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Defeating Australia’s most successful Paralympian Matt Cowdrey, his gold medal victory became a defining moment in Rowan’s career as he realised he was on his way of achieving his ultimate goal of swimming for his country at the Paralympic Games.
Born with cerebral palsy diplegia, causing stiffness in his lower limbs and his right arm, swimming became part of Rowan’s physiotherapy regime. Although adept in the sport from years of practise, Rowan had not considered competing until he watched the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games on television as a nine-year-old.
Sparking his interest in Paralympic sport was seeing Australian cerebral palsy athlete Peter Leek win gold in the 200m …Read More