FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport and Ballarat Gold Swimming Club athlete, Anna Leighton, has won a Gold medal for Australia at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dahbi.
Leighton, 19, won the Final of the F01 100m Backstroke event, defeating swimmers from Hong Kong, Belgium and South Africa, in a time of 1:19.28.
In more good news, Leighton, claimed a Bronze medal in the Final of the F06 200m Freestyle event, behind swimmers from Sweden and the United States respectively, in a time of 2:46.92.
Leighton will now compete in the 4 x 100m relay Final later today and will contest her final individual event, 100m Breaststroke, on Wednesday this week before returning home to Australia.
Commenting on Leighton’s success, FedUni WestVic Academy of Sport Executive Officer, Corey Saitta, said, “We are ecstatic for Anna and her family. Winning a Gold medal for Australia is not a regular occurrence in the life of any athlete, especially at the pinnacle level of competition. It is also a wonderful outcome for all at the Ballarat Gold Swimming Club, Head Coach Mark Stahl and everyone who has supported Anna and her family throughout her swimming journey”.