When Tamsin Colley was 18-months-old, she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour, causing ataxic cerebral palsy. With issues in mobility and coordination, Tamsin used a wheelchair for a couple of years, before deciding that she wanted to learn to walk on her own.

After attending a Paralympics Australia Talent Search Day at the age of six, Tamsin joined her local Little Athletics squad and began smashing national age records in short- and middle-distance running and long jump.

In 2015 she won the Randwick Council Junior Sports Star of the Year award, the Southern Courier’s Young Sporting Spirit award, and a McDonald’s Little Athletics scholarship.

Following the exclusion of the Russian team from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Tamsin was selected to represent Australia in the 200m. The youngest athlete on the Australian Paralympic Team, she fell over in her heat with about 25m to go, placing sixth.

At athletics …

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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
Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games


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

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