Young athlete evidence that cream rises to the top
IT HAS been a quick rise to the top for Lismore athlete Caitlin Bargwanna as she prepares for the National All Schools Championships in December.
The Lismore Public School student was only diagnosed with an intellectual disability 12 months ago and has since found her feet in the para-athlete division.
Caitlin and her family moved to the area from Mungindi earlier this year to gain better medical support for her two older brothers who are autistic.
She won gold in the girls 8-10 discus with an outstanding throw of 12.56m at the NSW Primary School Sports Association state championships in Sydney.
Caitlin qualified for five events at state and will also compete in the 200m sprint at nationals.
"She enjoys competing and making new friends," her mother Kerry Delaney said.
"It's quite a sight to see her out there - she can definitely run and throw.
"Athletics gives her some confidence and she has self belief in what she does.
"She first made it to zone last year and it has been a quick rise since then."
Caitlin does not have a fulltime coach with her mother is hopeful of getting someone on board.
The family is busy raising money to get to the event in Canberra.
"She's an active and energetic girl," Delaney said.
"We won't push her and as long as she is keen on athletics we'll support her.
"Her younger brother has just been diagnosed with autism as well and he likes his sport."
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