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Callum realises his childhood dream

Matthew Flinders student joins our Paralympic Swim Team.

A rising local star on the para swimming scene has been selected to compete in Paris – and he has not even finished high school yet.

Callum Simpson is heading overseas as part of the official Australian Paralympic Swim Team, achieving his long-term goal to represent Australia in the pool.

The Year 11 student at Matthew Flinders Anglican College has had his sights set on the Paralympics for many years and swam in his first multi-class swim event at age eight.

In 2018 at his first National School Championships, Callum won two gold and three silver medals.

The 17-year-old swims under the tutelage of Christopher Wright and qualified for the Men’s S8 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle.

“It feels pretty good to be selected, because it’s my childhood dream and it’s all come together,” Callum says.

“But I know my job isn’t done until after the Games.

“Training in preparation will mean more intensity and more hard work so I can hopefully win a podium finish.”

Callum is part of the college’s Flinders Elite Athlete Program which aims to mentor, inspire and support student athletes to make the most of their academic and sporting lives.

Callum’s mum Rebecca Simpson says she is proud of her son’s achievements and the support he receives.

“So many teachers, friends, coaches and mentors have been incredible to Cal and we will be forever grateful,”
she says.

“Cal is certainly a homegrown Flinders Paralympian and is lucky and proud to swim and have Flinders Phoenix coach Christopher Wright at the Flinders Aquatic Centre.”

Alongside Callum, Flinders alumnus Katja Dedekind (class of 2019) has also qualified for the team for her third Paralympics.

The Flinders swimmers will join fellow USC Spartans Paralympians Emily Beecroft, Ricky Betar, Brenden Hall, Jenna Jones and Lakeisha Patterson, plus St Andrew’s swimmers Ben Hance and Ruby Storm and Noosa’s Alexa Leary.

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