Coffs swimmer wins a haul of medals at Virtus Global Games

Amelia Moore with her gold medal.

COFFS Harbour swimmer Amelia Moore has brought home a haul of medals from the Virtus Global Games in France.

She won a total of twelve medals competing in the pool at Vichy.

The sixteen-year-old won gold in the 50m backstroke, 50m breaststroke, and the 4x100m mixed medley relay.

The Coffs Harbour Swimming Club member also won silver in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 50m freestyle, and 4x100m mixed freestyle relay, and bronze medals in the 50m butterfly, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 200m freestyle.

She also set personal best times in three of her events.

The Virtus Global Games are the world’s largest elite sports event for athletes with an intellectual impairment, and are held every four years with the latest edition held last week.

Moore competes in the S19 category, which features athletes with high functioning autism.

Her mother Kylie was watching her daughter in action via livestream from her home in Coffs Harbour, and was extremely proud of her performance on the world stage.

“To be able to watch her exceed any expectations was an incredible honour,” she said.

“As any parents would be, watching her achieve her goals, personal best times, and medal was just amazing.

“The biggest highlight would probably be not just watching her take her first gold medal, but being able to speak to her the minute she was out of the pool thanks to Australian coach Michael Abel.

“We are so incredibly proud and amazed by her performance to say the least, and we are so overwhelmed and sincerely grateful for each and every person who assisted with fundraising, supported and encouraged her on this journey, and without the generosity of our community this incredible opportunity would not have been possible.

“To be able to share all of her achievements with her coach Daniel Bannerman, who also supported her during her competition was another highlight, sharing the joy of watching all their hard work, perseverance, and dedication pay off was amazing.”


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