3 September 2012
University of the Sunshine Coast student Blake Cochrane played a lead role in Australia’s gold rush in the pool at the Paralympic Games in London over the weekend.
Cochrane, 21, won his 100m breaststroke SB7 final on Saturday night in a world record time of one minute 18.77 seconds.
Then last night, the Sport and Exercise Science student teamed up with Matthew Levy and fellow USC-based High-Performance Paralympic Squad members Matthew Cowdrey and Andrew Pasterfield to win the men’s 4x100m relay in three minutes 50.17 seconds.
Cochrane’s breaststroke race is featured online at ABC Grandstand Sport.
His success and that of other members of the High-Performance Paralympic Squad members will have people wondering if there’s something special in the water at the USC pool.
The squad, which was coached by Jon Shaw and assisted by USC sport science staff, has added significantly to Australia’s medal haul in London.
Among its members are Cowdrey, who now has two gold and two silver medals, Ellie Cole who won gold in the 100m backstroke S9 on Friday and Rick Pendleton who claimed bronze in the 200m individual medley SM10 on Thursday.
USC’s Professor of Sport Science Brendan Burkett, a four-time Paralympic swimmer himself, is the Australian Paralympic Swim team sport science coordinator.
Professor Burkett said he was thrilled by the success of the USC High-Performance Squad members so far and, with a week of competition remaining, was expecting to see some more exciting results.
— Terry Walsh