We caught up recently with 2020 BlueScope Building Up grant recipient Layla Potts.
Layla was awarded a grant for her achievements and aspirations in swimming, and overcoming the challenges for her hearing impairment.
Layla when was your last big competition?
In March I competed at the 2021 National Championships held on the Gold Coast. I qualified for 8 events. My best result was the bronze medal in 14 years 200m Butterfly.
What has been a recent highlight in sport or school?
I was school age champion at the swimming carnival in February this year and went on to compete at School Districts where I swam in 8 events. I placed 1st in my district across 7 swim events, and 2nd in the 8th event.
I then went to the regional trials Swimming Queensland and was really happy to get a 3rd place in the 200m fly. In all my events I compete alongside able bodied athletes.
Will you be watching the Tokyo Paralympics?
Most definitely - I can’t wait. I will be watching a variety of athletics, basketball and cycling and everything else in between!
Who are your favourite sporting stars?
As a butterfly swimmer I think Suzie O’Neill (Madam Butterfly) is awesome, and also Andrew Lauterstein. Ellie Cole, Emma McKeon and Emily Seebohm are other swimming stars I admire and will watching when the Olympic and Paralympic Games are on TV.
How did the grant from SAF help your participation in sport?
I used my grant to purchase my very first swim race suit as well as training swim aids. I train at Helensvale Swimming Club.
Thank you Sport Access Foundation for your support!