Blaxland swimmer selected for Paralympics

Eyes on London: Amanda Fowler competes at the 2011 Arafura Games in Darwin. Photo Jeff Crow/Australian Paralympic Committee.
Eyes on London: Amanda Fowler competes at the 2011 Arafura Games in Darwin. Photo Jeff Crow/Australian Paralympic Committee.

A Blaxland swimmer will have the opportunity to add to her buregoning medal collection when she represents Australia at the Paralympics in London.

The Australian Paralympic Committee officially announced yesterday that Amanda Fowler would be part of its team, competing in the 100m breastroke SB14 event.

Having known she would be going to London since early June, but unable to tell anyone, Amanda said it was great to have the news out there.

“It was a relief that they finally announced it,” she said.

The Games will be the culmination of a period of success that has seen the 15-year-old dominate junior events in Australia and overseas. In 2011 alone she won six gold medals at the National Underage Championships before bringing an astonishing seven golds home from the Global Games in Italy.

With those achievements in mind, it is little surprise the bar has been set high for London.

“I want to win a medal,” said Amanda.

The Blaxland High School student has taken on a trainer to build her strength in the weeks leading up to the Games, which begin on August 29. The additional training will be on top of 10 pool sessions each week with coach Jackie Barck at Nepean Aquatic Centre as Amanda strives to set new standards for herself in London.

The heats of the 100m breaststroke SB14 will take place on the morning of Thursday, September 6 (London time) with the final to follow that evening.