Elite paralympic swimmer to be awarded

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Elite paralympic swimmer to be awarded


5 May 2012

5 May 2012

Elite Paralympic swimmer Blake Cochrane will be presented with an Australian University Sport (AUS) award tomorrow (6 June) acknowledging his impressive international sporting achievements in the pool.

Cochrane — who was unable to attend the AUS annual awards ceremony last month due to training commitments in Thailand — will receive the top award for the Most Outstanding Sporting Achievement of the Year.

Media are invited to attend the award presentation at 10am tomorrow (Wednesday 6 June) at USC’s swimming pool.

An opportunity exists for photography/filming of Cochrane’s swim training before the presentation between 9.15am and 10am.

Representatives from the Australian Institute of Sport, Swimming Australia, Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Sports Commission are expected to attend the award presentation.

Cochrane, a USC Sport and Exercise Science student, was nominated for the award for his efforts at the 2011 Para Pan Pacific Championships where he won five gold medals and one silver medal, and set a new world record in the 100 metres breaststroke.

He is a member of the USC-based High Performance Paralympic squad and is currently listed “priority one” for selection for the London Paralympics.

Cochrane is aiming for gold and a new world record in the 100 metre SB7 breaststroke at the London Paralympics.

— Michelle Widdicombe


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