Young athlete Caitlin leaves Canberra victorious
YOUNG para-athlete Caitlin Bargwanna has won Silver in discus at the National School Sports Championships held in Canberra.
Caitlin was diagnosed with an intellectual disability last year and quickly found her feet in para-athletics.
She competed at state level earlier this year and qualified to take the 200m sprint and discus to the next level.
In the girls sprint at Nationals she came seventh.
Her mother Kerry Delaney said they were both thrilled with the outcome.
"She had some really good competition, I'm really excited," she said.
"First place threw 15m and 1cm and Caitlin threw 12.35."
When Caitlin won gold at the state competition in October she was treated to pizza and KFC, all in the same night.
This time the family will celebrate with a beach party.
Caitlin said she was excited about the win, but very sore.
She returns home to Lismore on Wednesday after spending this afternoon at a science excursion at Questacon.
Tomorrow the athletes will also take part in an athletics "Fun Day", which is all about building friendships and of course, having fun.
Lismore Heights Public School principal Mark Scotton said Caitlin represented the school wonderfully.
"The school motto is Aim High and I think that Caitlin has certainly demonstrated her commitment to strive to reach her full potential," he said.
"This is an outstanding achivement for a little girl, regardless of where she's come from ... we're really proud."
Ms Delaney wanted to thank the community, with a special mention to the Lismore Lord's Taverners, for helping Caitlin raise the money to get to Canberra.