In 2015, Year 9 student Nelson Gray has put in one fine sporting performance after another, representing Elwood College at state, national and international levels. Most recently he won a silver medal for AWD shot put at the State Schools Victoria Athletics Carnival in October. This qualifies Nelson for the 2015 Victorian All Schools Track & Field Championships in November. Teacher Emma Robbins congratulated him on his "great sportsmanship and encouragement for all other competitors on the day".
He also represented Australia and Victoria in soccer. Nelson reports on the experience.
I was picked to represent Australia with 11 other people at the CP World Games in Nottingham, England. The CP World Games is the cerebral palsy world games. It was held over two weeks in August and I was representing in the soccer team. We didn't know each other well, and there were only three people I knew out of the 11 in the team. We trained for three days before the competition. At the start we were quiet with each other but as the tournament went on we started to grow and know each other a bit more. For the first game I sat on the bench the whole time but when it came to the second and third games I only sat on for the first half. Normally when we were losing I was sad, however when I went onto the field the pressure and the thought of representing my country took the thought of the score away. In the end, we came sixth for soccer and, as a surprise sport, we competed in the table cricket match and came first. Overall Australia came third on the medal tally across all the sports we competed in. Overall it was a great experience and I had a lot of fun.
Just recently I was also picked to represent Victoria in the national Paralympic football championships, which is not as amazing but Victoria was undefeated pretty much all the way through the competition. Then we drew against NSW 2-2, which was an amazing feeling because they have been the national champs for the past 10 years. The next day we were versing Queensland to get into the Grand Final except Queensland played very strategically and it ended up 2-0 and yes Victoria felt upset about not making the final but we held our heads high and thought about how much we have improved in the tournament. At the end of the tournament Victoria came third for the second year in a row.