Patrician Brothers’ Dolphin, Tim Hodge, brings home the silver

11/4/2018
Tim Hodge from Patrician Brothers in Blacktown at the Commonwealth Games
Tim Hodge from Patrician Brothers in Blacktown at the Commonwealth Games

PATRICIAN Brothers, Blacktown Year 12 student Tim Hodge will bring home two silver medals as a result of his two second placings in the Men’s SB8 100m breaststroke and 100 backstroke at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

The below-knee amputee holds the current world record for the 400 Individual Medley in the SM9 classification.

This is his fourth consecutive year of being selected to represent his country as a member of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team.

Tim’s mother Cheryl Hodge said he was first selected in 2015 at the age of 14 to compete at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships in Glasgow Scotland.

“The following year saw him selected to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” Mrs Hodge said.

“He was the youngest male swimmer on the team and competed in six events.

“Last year he was selected to compete at the IPC World Championships in Mexico which was postponed due to an earthquake.

“Tim competed in Toronto Canada instead to meet the deadline and criteria for qualifying times for possible Commonwealth Games selection.”

Tim Hodge in the pool at the end of his race, claiming a silver medal
Tim Hodge in the pool at the end of his race, claiming a silver medal

“At the Commonwealth Games, he is competing in three events, which is the most of any Australian Para-swimmer.’’

In the Men’s S9 100m Freestyle, Tim came 4th in the finals, while in the Men’s SB8 100M Breaststroke he came second and made a new personal best.

Tim won his Men’s S9B 100m Backstroke heat, and was placed second in the final later that evening, bringing home a second silver medal from the Games.

Patrician Brothers College Blacktown Principal Santo Passarello said the entire school community is incredibly proud of Tim’s achievements.

“To win two silver medals at the Commonwealth Games, while juggling his Year 12 commitments, is simply inspirational,” Mr Passarello said.

“Aside from his significant achievements, Tim is an amazingly humble, polite and charming young man.

“He is extremely popular in the community.”

“He speaks well, presents well and is a credit to his family.”

Tim represents NSW in December 2017 at the Pacific School Games in Adelaide, where he won 10 gold and two silver medals in the multi-class events.

Posted By CathEd Parra at 11/04/2018 2:11:26 PM
 
   
  
 

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