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Wallan para-athlete almost at nationals dream

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Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis
Pam Kiriakidis has worked as a journalist at the North Central Review since 2022, with a particular focus on the City of Whittlesea and stories for the Whittlesea Review. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and Communications majoring in journalism and focuses on politics, community, and health with the occasional niche sports story finding its way in front of her.

Para-athlete Kirra Wright is halfway to reaching her goal of competing at the 2024 Chemist Warehouse Australian Athletics Championships in Adelaide next month.

Wright competed at state championships to qualify for nationals, consistently exceeding the standards in several track and field events, especially breaking her own record in 100m with a time of 15.31 seconds.

Wright suffers from cerebral palsy among other medical conditions and is still undergoing rehabilitation at the Royal Melbourne Children’s Hospital.

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“I was really excited, I didn’t think I was actually going to qualify because I had six tonic-clonic seizures before the event. It’s been a hard week,” Wright said.

Moving forward in her sporting career, Wright has been nominated to compete in the Para Championships in Fiji – her first international competition – but to do this, she must compete in Adelaide between April 11 and 19.

Wright’s competing efforts have taken her to international competitions, but unfortunately competing in events such as Adelaide, para-athletes in Australia can only fund themselves without sponsorships or funding.

To secure her spot in the national competition, Wright and her family are seeking help through their community with an Australian Sports Foundation fund page as well as a GoFundMe page to ‘live the dream’.

Wright currently holds Australian records for the T38 for the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump for the under 15 and 17 years olds.

Wright thanked her community and businesses such as Hotondo Homes in Wallan, LJ Hooker Wallan, Kilmore Toyota, including the Wandong-Wallan Lions Club for ongoing support.

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