Every day millions of young Australians dream of representing their country. Two days after Tamsin Colley turned 14, she did just that.

There was a time when Tamsin did not think she would be going to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, but in a happy twist of fate, when the International Paralympic Committee voted to ban the Russian Paralympic Team from the Games, there was room for four more on the Australian Para-athletics team, and Tamsin was their girl.

In Rio, Tamsin contested the women’s 200m T36. She featured in the second heat alongside Shi Yiting (CHN) and Jeon Min-jae (KOR), who would go onto win the gold and silver medal, and was running well, but in a devastating turn of events, tripped on the home straight. She found her feet but was unable to make up crucial seconds and finished in last place.

Tamsin represented Australia for the second …

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Date of birth
10 September 2002
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Ataxic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Brain tumour
Kensington, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Competing at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning two silver medals and making friends at the 2017 World Para-athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland

Heroes/role models

Her mum, Sally Pearson

Favourite quote
"Believe you can and you're halfway there" - Theodore Roosevelt


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 200m Classification: T36
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4x100m Classification: T36

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