The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games have concluded with NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) supported athletes producing some incredible performances and inspiring Australia through their stories of determination and resilience.
Representing Australia across a total of 13 sports and making up 24.6% of the Australian Paralympic Team (the most of any state), our athletes won a total of 21 medals, including four gold, contributing to 26.2% of the nation’s medals.
Highlights from the Games included Madison de Rozario taking home three medals from her three disciplines, with a gold in the women’s 800m T53 final, bronze in the women’s 1500m T54 final and gold in the women’s marathon T54, beating second place by just one second in a history-making race.
Madison produced career defining performances at the Games and was able to share the experience with NSWIS coach and Paralympic legend Louise Sauvage.
Rheed McCracken claimed silver in the men’s 100m T34 final, while Evan O’Hanlon claimed an incredible seventh career medal with a bronze medal winning performance in the men’s 100m T38.
Amanda Reid produced a terrific ride in the women’s C1-C3 500m time trial final, breaking her own world record to claim the Institute’s first gold medal of the Games.
Australia’s women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (34 points) team featuring Ellie Cole and men’s 4x100m freestyle relay S14 teams that included Ricky Betar both claimed silver. While the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay (34 points) featuring NSWIS athletes Matthew Levy and Timothy Hodge claimed gold, along with eight other medal performances in the pool.
Lauren Parker claimed a silver medal in a tight women’s PTWC triathlon race in her Paralympic debut and Erik Horrie claimed his third silver medal in three consecutive Paralympic Games in the PR1 men’s single sculls final.
Team NSWIS supported athletes finished the Games with four gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals.
Highlights were not just limited to the podium, with 34 NSWIS supported athletes earning 48 top 8 finishes in their respective events together with numerous athlete firsts, personal bests, and finals appearances, NSWIS athletes contributed significantly to an incredible Paralympic Games.
The Institute is proud of our Paralympic contingent of athletes and staff, their performances inspired our communities, and we look forward to welcoming them home.