Tim Hodges diving into Rio Paralympics

8/9/2016
Tim Hodges diving into Rio Paralympics
Tim Hodges diving into Rio Paralympics

On Monday 22 August 2016, Year 10 student from Patrician Brothers’ College, Blacktown Tim Hodge set off to Rio, on a journey of a lifetime, to compete in swimming at the 2016 Paralympics. 

Tim was born with a lower leg deficiency and had to have his right foot amputated at only four years of age. He is also missing two fingers on his right hand and his right arm is shorter than his left.

Tim developed a love for swimming from a young age, catching the attention of Australian Olympic selectors. In 2014 Tim won gold in the 50m backstroke at the Australian Age Championships and the following year he stepped up and won silver in the 50m backstroke at the Australian Open Championships. His performance found him selected to his first World Championship team.

At just 14 years of age Tim went to Glasgow for the 2015 IPC World Swimming Championships. He competed in seven events with his best results being fourth in the 4 x 100m medley relay and sixth in the 100m backstroke. Competing on such a big international stage at a young age was great experience for Tim and put him in good stead for a Paralympic debut.

In June of 2016 at the World Championships in Berlin, Tim set a new World Record in the 400 metre individual medley. He also competed in the MCS Carnival taking the gold against a number of able bodied swimmers. 

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Tim Hodges diving into Rio Paralympics 

Patrician Brothers’ College Principal Santo Passarello said the whole school community are all extremely proud of Tim. 

‘He is an outstanding young man, a super athlete but more importantly a wonderful student who is respected and admired by all,’ Santo said.

Tim said, he was looking forward to competing in Rio but not without nerves. 
‘I am excited but a little bit scared,’ Tim said. ‘I am blessed to have been given this opportunity.’

I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received at school,’ he said. ‘I hope that I don’t let anyone down.’
Posted By Natasha Borg at 8/09/2016 3:00:20 PM
 
   
  
 

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