Introducing Poppy Wilson
Poppy is 13 years of age who is in Year 8 at Seton College Mt Gravatt in the Met East School Sports Region.
Poppy has cerebral palsy and has a classification of S10 in swimming. Cerebral Palsy affects Poppy physical capabilities but she has always loved swimming. Poppy has had to overcome the impact of reduced movement in her legs and difficulties in her hands in order to reach this level of swimming. Poppy was born with CP, though not diagnosed until she was 9mths old. She also has Asperger’s and ADHD.
Poppy has always loved the water and finds it the best place for her as she is weightless and seems to find that she can move easier in the water with her CP than on land for any other sport she has tried. She trains 15 hours every week.
Earlier this year Poppy achieved age champion at her school and a representative at District level, were she qualified for Regionals, and then went onto represent Metropolitan East at the Queensland School Sport Swimming Competition in March this year, were she received 1 Gold Medal, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals.
Recently Poppy attended the 2017 Open Age Nationals and the 2017 Age Nationals were she received 2 Bronze Medals. Over the last 12mths Poppy has been dedicated to her training and has worked hard to reach this high level of swimming, she is looking forward to one day representing Australia at the Paralympic Games.
Poppy dreams of Dreams of swimming for Australia at the Paralympics.
A4K funding assisted Poppy to attend the Pacific School Games in Adelaide in December this year.