2008 Development Awards

  • Susan Seipel- Para Equestrian

    Susan is a 22-year-old University student who competes in para- equestrian (dressage) events and dreams of representing Australia at the Paralympics. She was born with Arthrogryposis Multiplex, a rare disorder characterised by fusion of joints and absent muscle formation her legs. She began her sporting career as a swimmer at the age of four, when she was taught...
  • Lucy Larsen- Athletics

    Lucy is a 15-year-old champion sprinter from Caloundra. Lucy, who was born without a radius bone in one of her arms, took out the under-15’s 100m and 200m for athletes with disabilities at the school athletics state championships in October 2008. She has also competed in shot put and long jump, but is now focusing on her running.Her...
  • Darron Shields- Handcycling

    Darron is an elite handcyclist and has recently been appointed as the Queensland handcycling head coach. Originally from the United Kingdom, he competed as a triathlete before becoming paraplegic in an accident. Two years later, he moved to Australia to study Sport Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast. It was then that he took up hand...
  • Sam Carter- Wheelchair Racing

    Sam is a promising young wheelchair racer who broke the national age records for the 100m, 200m and 400m during 2008. He took up wheelchair racing in 2001, the same year he competed at his first Junior Nationals at Nudgee College in Brisbane. At this meet Sam, who was born with spina bifida, was classified as t54, which...
  • Morgan McAllister- Athletics

    Morgan is a dynamic and inspirational young sprinter whose personal motto is when we hold back on life, it holds back on us. At just 16 years of age, she certainly hasn’t held back in her sporting career challenging herself to compete in the 100m,200m,400m,800m and 1500m. But there was a time when she did hold back. Morgan,...


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