Kiera from Hervey Bay in QLD, applied for a Sport Access Foundation grant in 2020, as a 17 year old. When asked what her goal was. It was very clear:
“To be on the Australian Paralympic Team for Tokyo 2020”.
Keira explained how her disability had presented challenges to her and swimming was a sport she loved and wanted to excel at.
“I was born with no fingers on my left hand. When I was 18 months old I had a double toe to hand operation. I had corrective surgery again at 11 years which was unsuccessful. I try to do everything to the best of my ability but it’s not easy. I use my left hand as an assisting hand to my right which is perfectly fine.“
At the time of her application Kiera had debuted for the Australian Dolphins swim team in her class at the London 2019 Para World Championships in London.
“My family and i struggle to pay for travel expenses. Going to meets in the city from our regional town and paying for accommodation etc isa challenge. Living in a regional town means we always travel over 4 hours for state comps and then air travel interstate. A grant will help cover the travel, accommodation and coaching costs.”