Athletes do us proud

FORMER Castle Hill RSL Dolphins swimmer Andrew Pasterfield was the star of the show with a gold and two bronze medals in the S10 minimal disability category at the London Paralympics.

Pasterfield showcased his dominant short-course form to win two bronze medals in the men's 50-metre and 100m freestyle events, then backed up his individual honours with a gold medal in the 4x100m freestyle relay event.

Pasterfield was unavailable for comment but his childhood coach Greg Morrison said he was thrilled with his former pupil's success.

"Andrew would be ecstatic and over the moon with his three Paralympic medals right now," he said.

"He's still developing as a swimmer and I think come Brazil in four years' time he can win more medals and challenge for a few world records."

Simone Kennedy grabbed The Hills's only silver medal at the Paralympics in the women's C1-2-3 individual pursuit.

The 18-year-old was competing at her first major international tournament and showed her enormous potential to finish four seconds behind Chinese cyclist Zeng Sini who set a new world record.

Kennedy's former club coach, Peter Brooks, described her achievement as "phenomenal".

"Simone's still young and hasn't got a lot of international experience so for her to hold it all together and win is amazing," Brooks said.

Cycling teammate Jayme Paris, a former Jasper Road Public School pupil, won bronze in the women's 500m time trial.

Wheelchair racer Rosemary Little won The Hills's final Paralympic medal with bronze in the 100m sprint. Little, of West Pennant Hills, said she was proud of her bronze medal having only seriously started training in December.

"My first race was in January so I'm happy with my achievements," Little said.

Other impressive Hills athletes: Stephanie Schweitzer came fourth in the F20 long jump, Hannah Dodd finished 11th in the individual freestyle test — grade IV and Kristy Pond qualified for the heats of the T34 100m and 200m sprints.

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