Paralympian Elizabeth Wright
Elizabeth Wright was our guest lecturer this morning. She gave an inspiring talk to our Sixth Form students about her career as an Australian Paralympian swimmer whose career culminated in winning two medals at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
Elizabeth as born with a congenital limb deficiency. Her right arm is missing at the elbow, her right leg is "severely shortened" requiring the use of a prosthesis and she is lacking two fingers and the forearm bone of her left hand. Her swimming career at the highest level lasted for seven years in the S6 classification.
She described how at the 1996 Atlanta Games and won a bronze medal in the Women's 50 m Butterfly S6 event. Then in 2000 she competed at her home games in Sydney and won a silver medal in the Women's 400 m Freestyle S6 event, and a bronze medal as part of the Australian women's team in the 4 x 50 m Freestyle Relay.
Reshma Razack gave a thoughtful vote of thanks on behalf of the sixth form.