The 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil kicked off with its opening ceremony on September 6th. We’re now 4 days through the swimming portion of the international competition, with the country of Australia already having earned a total of 10 swimming medals, with 6 more days to go.
Highlighting the Aussie haul thus far was Lakeisha Patterson, who claimed gold in the women’s S8 400m freestyle, as well as was a part of the green n’ gold 1-2 finish in the women’s 100m freestyle. Maddison Elliott earned gold, with Patterson right behind in silver. Brenden Hall also snatched up a gold by winning the men’s S9 400m freestyle.
The Aussies are looking to top the medal table this time around, as they finished 2nd in the pool overall to China. Australia starting off strongly is a testament to the para-athletes’ hard work and dedication leading up to the Games. Get a taste of what it means to prepare for a para-competition of this magnitude by watching the Aussies in their ‘Road to Rio’ video, courtesy of the Australian Dolphins Swimming Team.