Paralympics star recognised at state sport awards
Caboolture teenager Lakeisha Patterson won the Queensland Athlete with a Disability Award at the Queensland Sport Awards in Brisbane on Thursday night.
The 17-year-old was recognised for her efforts at the Rio Paralympics in August, when she won six medals in the pool.
It was a blockbusting performance in Brazil, with two gold (400m freestyle S8 and 4x100m freestyle), three silvers (100m freestyle S8, 50m freestyle S8, 4x100m medley relay) and a bronze (200m individual medley SM8).
“She’s a delight to know in and out of the water,” Sunshine Coast Sports Federation chairman Benny Pike said.
“She gives it her best 100 percent, win, lose or draw and I’m sure we’re going to see a lot more medals from her in the future.”
‘Lucky’ Patterson swims out of Lawnton Swimming Club in Brisbane but previously trained at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
She started swimming at the age of three as therapy for her cerebral palsy.
She produced medal-winning feats at the Commonwealth Games and IPC World Championships at Glasgow in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
But her performance at Rio was particularly rewarding.
“It just shows that hard work and patience paid and she’s still only a junior so what a wonderful career and what a wonderful ornament for the Sunshine Coast,” Pike said.
Patterson was also a finalist for the Queensland Sport Star of the Year Award, which was won by women’s 100m freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell.
Patterson was also a finalist for and Female Paralympian of the Year and Paralympic Rookie of the Year awards at the Australian Paralympic Awards gala dinner at Sydney on Thursday night.
They were won by swimming champion Maddison Elliott and 800m para-athlete James Turner respectively.
The Australian Paralympian of the Year award was won by wheelchair tennis golden boy Dylan Alcott.
The Queensland Sport Hall of Fame welcomed new inductees including Noosa’s Emma Snowsill, who won a gold medal in triathlon at the 2008 Olympics.
The 35-year-old also won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006 and she won the world championship three times.