Casey is going for gold

September 13, 2017

Casey Petrie of Cobram has been selected for a berth in the Special Olympics.

Casey Petrie of Cobram is determined not to let anything stop her from achieving her sporting goals.

And that determination has enabled her to achieve selection in the Special Olympics to be held in Adelaide next year.

Ms Petrie said she enjoyed both the swimming and the opportunity to catch up with people she knows at the events.

‘‘I train at Barooga on my own, and at Echuca with the Special Olympics team,’’ she said.

‘‘Out of my squad, I am the only one who has been selected to go.’’

Ms Petrie recently received an email from the Special Olympics board saying she had been chosen for two events, the 50m backstroke and the 100m freestyle.

She said that following her selection, the regular twice-weekly training schedule would now be increased.

The 33-year-old, who started swimming at 16, said she wasn’t really interested in swimming until she began competing.

‘‘I like it more now that things have progressed,’’ she said.

And she is quite used to travelling around the countryside to pursue her love of swimming competitively.

Growing up in St Arnaud and training with the Bendigo squad meant lots of time on the road.

‘‘My parents are really supportive — they get behind me,’’ Ms Petrie said.

‘‘They were really excited to hear the news that I was selected,’’ she said.

The next step for this talented young woman is a fundraising campaign to cover the expenses of going to Adelaide and competing in 2018.

The Special Olympics squad in Echuca will assist in the fundraising.

Ms Petrie is now a seasoned competitor, having won gold in the 50m backstroke at the 2013 Special Olympics in Newcastle.

She is looking forward to her first trip to Adelaide and the prospect of another gold medal, which will mean she qualifies for the World Games in the United States.

Backstroke is her favourite for a very simple reason.

‘‘I find it easier,’’ she said.

‘‘I don’t have to worry about where everyone else is, I just concentrate on myself and focus on the roof.’’

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