Issue 118 Jan 2017

Arden Alumnus Jeremy McGrath rows his way to Rio Paralympics

Arden alumnus Jeremy McGrath (Year 12, 2012) qualified his boat class for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.  It’s a dream come true for the talented rower who was named in the Australian Paralympic Team in August this year.  The LTA Mixed Coxed Four, in debut, won B Final of the LTA Mixed Coxed Four and were placed 7th in Overall Standings at the Rio Paralympic Games.

A delighted Mr Graham Anderson, Arden’s Principal shared:  “Jeremy is a wonderful example of perseverance and persistence.  Jeremy has a prosthetic foot and since graduating from Arden has passionately pursued rowing with outstanding success.  Jeremy and his team competed in Italy in April 2016 in the Legs, Trunk and Arms Mixed Coxed Four boat class.  They made history when they secured victory in the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta and in turn qualified the boat class for the Rio Paralympic Games.  It is the first time Australia has qualified in this boat class for the Paralympics.  What an outstanding achievement and opportunity for Jeremy and his team mates to compete at this elite level of sport on the international stage.”

Reflecting upon the influence of Arden on his life, Jeremy observed:  “During my time at Arden I learnt how to pursue higher standards for myself, which has assisted me in pursuing my Paralympic ambitions.  I learnt how to work hard and be resilient and persistent, which are attributes I hope to continue to have during my future sporting and working careers.”

Asidcgghb0iuiae_xp_e from rowing, Jeremy is currently a third year student in Occupational Therapy at Sydney University.  Discussing his dreams for the future, Jeremy “would love to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics Games, but whether that happens and in which sport (be it rowing or athletics) remains to be seen.”

He continued:  “I am also looking forward to finishing my course and beginning work.  I would like to work within disability and try to get people to participate in sport and recreational activities, as this is an area where I have my own personal experience and am interested in.”

Photo courtesy of Rowing Australia.

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