Riley Moore, swimmer who has HSP

5 gold medals at Australian Para Swim Titles

Central Coast NSW swimmer Riley Moore was chosen for the Pathways to Paralympics camp on the Gold Coast after winning five gold medals at the Australian Para Swimming Titles in Adelaide in April.

Riley with gold medal haul

Moore’s original dream was to compete professionally in water polo, having previously represented NSW since he was in his teens in both the Blues and the Waratahs.

But when COVID-19 lockdowns saw the closure of local pools and the cancellation of water polo events, he and his best friend took to swimming kilometres in the cold water at the Pearl Beach Ocean Pool.

It was then that Moore decided to look into competing at the Australian Para Swimming Titles.

“My coach had always told me about pursuing swimming and the competition, but I played water polo and I had wanted to play competitively since I was young,” he said.

“My original dream was also to go to the Olympics but then I found out about the Paralympics after my diagnosis of hereditary spastic paraplegia when I was nine.”

Moore said the second COVID lockdown saw him intensify his swimming training.

“For me, lockdown opened opportunities,” he said.

“I am really keen to have fun, get to race and learn.”

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SOURCE:  Coast Community News, May 8, 2022

Riley bound for Pathways to Paralympics camp

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