Hi! I’m Tamsin Colley, an Australian Paralympic Sprinter and Exercise Physiology Student from Sydney, Australia. I earned the title of the Youngest Ever Australia Track & Field Paralympian when I competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympics at 14 years old. My proudest moment so far was re-lighting the Paralympic Cauldron at the 20-year anniversary of the Sydney 2000 Games to represent the future of the Paralympics!

I love running, knitting, and spreading disability awareness through my social media accounts in my little spare time! It is important to show people that people with disabilities can succeed in both sporting and academic pursuits, and through my university studies, I hope to help more people with disabilities get involved in sport.

I have had ataxic cerebral palsy ever since I got a brain tumour removed at 18 months old. I also have autism and am always learning how to embrace my own and others’ minds! I have been doing athletics for over 10 years now, and it has greatly benefited my quality of life. My biggest achievement so far is being selected to represent Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

I also received two silver medals at the 2017 World Junior Para Athletics Championships, two gold medals at the 2018 Melanesian Athletics Championships, three bronze medals at the 2019 Arafura Games, a bronze medal in the 2022 Oceania Athletics Championships, and was a finalist at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships.

My favourite part about athletics is getting to compete, train, and make friends with other like-minded people with disabilities. I also organised a special needs athletics carnival in 2017 and am an Ambassador for the Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation Association of NSW. I manage their social media accounts, do some administration work and volunteer at their Multi-Sport Social Days for People with a Disability!

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