Illawarra Academy of Sport AWD Athlete Jasmine Greenwood has recently qualified for the World Para Swimming Championships.

Greenwood claimed five Gold medals at the recent National Aged Championships however it was the Silver Medal in the Australian Open Championships for the 100m Breaststroke that carried extra significance …

”it was my first time at the competition and my first medal so it was really special” expressed a proud Greenwood.

The inspirational 12-year-old has overcome her fair share of hurdles having come within hours of potentially losing her life at just age six, following the contracting of Toxic Shock Syndrome due to the release of poisonous substances within her body from undiagnosed appendicitis.

Greenwood and her family spent months in and out of Sydney Hospitals, as Jasmine learned to walk again, and her rehabilitation continues today.

The Sussex inlet’s Swimmer believes however that her biggest triumph has been in the pool, qualifying for the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico later this year.

Greenwood couldn’t hold back her excitement at the news she had made the squad saying, “I am so excited to be competing against the country’s and worlds best swimmers”

“It’s a dream come true and I just can’t wait to get over there and give it my best”

IAS Program and Athlete Development Manager, Andrew Barrett expressed joy at Jasmine’s achievements,

“The IAS have supported more than thirty athletes with a disability over the past 3 years and Jasmine’s selection in the Australian squad for the World Para Swimming Championships is not only recognition for Jasmine’s hard work and commitment but also for the good work the IAS is doing within the AWD community”.

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