SCHN's Paralympic Stars
Competing on the world stage is a feat most can only dream of, but for some patients cared from across our Network, it has become a reality.
Staff have watched in awe of the extraordinary skill and determination of all the athletes, but burst with pride for those we have had the privilege of knowing and supporting at our hospitals and also at Bear Cottage.
The Paralympics play a key role in changing community perceptions of people living with disabilities and impairments, and all patients, families and staff across SCHN will be cheering on as they show the whole world their talents.
Whether we have come to know them due to injury, illness or medical condition, what these people have in common is fortitude and willpower, and a dedicated clinical team.Over the years, the Rehab2Kids team have cheered from the side lines as they watch so many of their patients work hard to earn their position on the international stage. This year, they had the pleasure of knowing seven of the athletes who competed in the pool, on the field and court, including;
- Andrew Edmonson
- Michael Auprince
- Jasmine Greenwood
- Timothy Hodge
- Sarah Walsh
- Dylan Littlehales
- Alexander Tuckfield
Rehab2Kids doesn’t just support children with disabilities, we can proudly say that they create champions!
Five years ago, 19-year-old Amy was introduced to Goalball, and her achievements in such a short time are simply remarkable. From competing at state and national levels, to playing in the silver medal-winning team at the Youth World Championships in 2019, her rise in the sport has been swift.
Diagnosed with Panuveitis as a child, an autoimmune condition, Amy has spent much of her life at The Children's Hospital at Westmead being treated by a number of departments including the Rheumatology Team. Her condition and subsequent treatment impacted her vision, but she hasn't let it stop her.
The CHW team have been paramount in her preparation for the Paralympics, helping show Amy how to administer medication herself and providing telehealth support during her weeks in quarantine in regional NSW and Melbourne, and now in Tokyo as she gets ready to compete. Ask any of her team and they will tell you just how proud and excited they are for Amy.
If she wasn't busy enough, Amy is also studying Law and Business, and tutors high school students in her 'spare time'.
Jamieson is the youngest ever Australian to compete in Boccia at the Paralympics, and it is the realisation of a life-long dream.
Jamieson was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at 18 months of age and is a regular visitor to Bear Cottage. As an avid sports fan all her life, she has been watching sport on TV and cheering on her brother and sister at their sporting events. But being able to play boccia has changed Jamieson’s life – providing her with opportunities that she had only ever dreamed about.
Jamieson is assisted by her mum Amanda, whose job is to select balls and position the ramp according to Jamieson’s instructions.
Competing in the Games is an amazing achievement in itself, but on top of this, Jamieson is also studying for her HSC! For this high achiever, becoming a Paralympian is more than just the opportunity to represent her country, but also about being able to use the platform it creates to inspire others who have hopes and dreams similar to hers.
Follow along on Jamieson's journey here.