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BlueScope Building Up grants gives Layla Potts the edge at the Nationals

June 3, 2021
Sport Access Foundation

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!


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