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COLLEY Tamsin
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age17
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T36, F36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing at age six in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
Why this sport?
Her talent in athletics was discovered when she attended an Australian Paralympic Committee [APC] talent search day.
Club / Team
Hills District Athletics Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Matt Rawlings [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning two silver medals at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian hurdler Sally Pearson. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2016 she broke her ankle and was out of action for six months. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe you can and you're halfway there." [Theodore Roosevelt]/ (paralympic.org.au, 04 May 2019)
Awards and honours
She received the 2015 Young Sporting Spirit Award from Australian newspaper Southern Courier. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 17 Feb 2016)

She received the Female Junior Sports Award at the 2015 Randwick Council Sporting Awards in Australia. (randwick.nsw.gov.au, 04 Nov 2015)
Milestones
She was the youngest Australian athlete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was age 13 and 362 days at the opening ceremony. (newslocal.smedia.com.au, 19 Sep 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 03 Oct 2019)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games and the world championships. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
At age 18 months she underwent surgery to remove a brain tumour. The tumour was successfully removed but the operation resulted in ataxia. (paralympic.org.au, Feb 2016; newspaperdirect.com, 25 Nov 2014; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
In 2017 she took part in Youth Frontiers, a programme established by the New South Wales government to support and encourage young athletes with impairments. As part of the programme, she organised the first Eastern Suburbs Special Needs Athletics Carnival [ESSNAC] in Sydney, NSW, Australia. "Having a disability, I've been given the opportunity to participate in sport from a young age and I've always wanted to give other young kids the same opportunity as I got. Even if you don't get to represent Australia, there are lots of other benefits including the enjoyment of competing and socialising with others as well as keeping fit." (dailytelegraph.com.au, 13 Nov 2017; newslocal.smedia.com.au, 19 Sep 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
Round 1 2016 200m T36 37.80
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
8 2019 200m T36 32.03
8 2019 Universal Relay 52.41