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Swimming in the fast lane

 

Kade Gordan’s smile beams proudly down the camera lens. He has every reason to feel proud sporting medals won at the recent 2019 Special Olympics Inter-Club Swim Meet.

Kade says it’s the success of winning and the enjoyment of the sport that drives him.

“I swim because I’m good at it and its fun,” he says. “If you do your best, you can come first.”

At the Swim Meet, held at the Kurri Kurri Aquatic Centre, Kade brought home three gold medals, one silver and one bronze. A natural ability and a love for the sport combined with regular training has seen Kade take home many medals over the past six years.

“This is a significant accomplishment for Kade and we are proud to support such talented and capable individuals,” says Regional Operations Manager at Achieve Australia, Ann Houston.

With a regular training schedule, Kade finds that swimming is also a good way to keep fit. Among other benefits like keeping fit, swimming provides a low impact alternative to other types of exercise. It also builds endurance, tones muscles and helps maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs.

When he’s not swimming, Kade has many other interests and is an avid gardener. He has created a flourishing vegetable garden at home where he lives in supported accommodation at Achieve. Tending his garden every day by watering, weeding and harvesting, Kade has many types of plants and vegetables in the garden.

“I grow vegetables that my housemates and I can eat and cook with,” he says as he points out the various plants. “We have cauliflower, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage and rosemary in the garden.”

In his spare time, Kade enjoys lunch with his family every Saturday and likes trying out new sports. A recent discovery over the past year for Kade has been finding a new passion for horse riding with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). RDA is a volunteer-based organisation providing coaching and support for people with disabilities who want to develop and improve their riding skills.

Kade also likes to volunteer at Sydney’s Maritime Museum, helping and guiding visitors through the exhibitions to enhance their experience. Volunteers undertake initial and ongoing training at the museum and are a part of a dedicated community where everyone is welcome.

With such a busy schedule it’s hard to imagine how Kade fits everything in, but he says he does get some downtime. “My favourite show on TV is Love Island so I watch that,” smiles Kade.

Achieve Australia would like to extend a big congratulations to Kade for his recent medal wins and we look forward to hearing more about his ventures in future.

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