Paralympics dream: Maddie McTernan with her Woolgoolga CrossFit coach Michael Burg and her five gold medals.
Paralympics dream: Maddie McTernan with her Woolgoolga CrossFit coach Michael Burg and her five gold medals.

Maddie’s Paralympics dream

COFFS Harbour swimmer Madeleine McTernan’s dream of representing Australia at the Paralympics is one step closer.

She continued her astonishing form by winning five gold and one bronze medal at Lismore Swimming Qualifying Carnival last weekend.

Maddie won the 50 and 100m Freestyle, 50m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly and 50m Breaststroke in the multi class events and won a bronze in the 400m Freestyle able body event, achieving four personal best times.

During winter Michael Burg, the owner of Woolgoolga CrossFit, was brought on board to complement Maddie’s training to help build up her core strength and overall fitness.

“I am extremely happy and excited that Maddie won five gold medals and a bronze; we still have a

lot of hard training ahead of us, if Maddie wants to achieve her goal of one day representing Australia,” Michael said.

“We have worked extremely hard over the last five months with the aim of being ready for the upcoming National swimming short course Championships. Her fellow Woolgoolga CrossFit members wish her all the best.”

Proud mum Allison McTernan is delighted Maddie enjoys her swimming.

“She is a humble girl and watching her achieve her is best, what more could a parent ask,” Allison said.



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