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Paralympian Visits TCLC

6/08/2012

​Born with spina bifida, Richard Colman has always wanted to do the very best in everything he sets out to achieve. It turns out his very best is world beating and the track specialist has spearheaded the Australian athletics team for the past
ten years. 

In 2004 at the Athens Games, Richard took home the gold medal for Australia in the T53 800m as well as breaking the Paralympic record. His stellar Paralympic performances also include a silver medal in the 4x100m relay, which at the time saw Richard rise to the number one ranking in the world.
 
In Beijing, he won a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze medal in the 400m, which was just 0.6 seconds outside world record time. Although these medals don’t top the gold he won in Athens, competing in front of the huge Beijing crowds is among the highlights of his sporting career.
 
Richard has warmed up for London 2012 by winning gold in the 800m at the 2011 IPC World Championships and silver in the 400m. He visited TCLC on Monday 6th August and spoke to the Middle Sector students who are learning about the Olympics as part of their SOSE / Arts / Technology integrated unit this term.