This year ITEC Group Australia were delighted to be a sponsor for a young athlete Lauren Parker who is one of Australia’s most promising Paratriathletes, she is the reigning world champion in the women’s PTWC, won a commonwealth games bronze ‘medal just 12 months post injury, and has achieved a podium place in all but one race since returning to international competition in 2018.
At the Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games Lauren claimed silver in the women’s PTWC. We are delighted to celebrate Laurens most recent win.
Lauren just returned from racing the ironman world Champs in Kona, her role was to break the world record by 2 hours from when the last para-athlete completed there in 2018, Lauren smashed the world record and completed in 12 hr. 20 mins. a true role model and positive thinker, with a vision on success and discipline, well done Lauren. Laurens next trip will be to the sprint distance world championships in Abu Dhabi on the 24 November 2022.
“Since my accident, my dream for 5 years has been to go back to Kona and race the Ironman World Championships. After racing there twice as an able-bodied athlete and coming 2nd in 2015 in my age group, Kona is a very special place, and I wanted to go back and conquer the course all with my arms. On the 6th October 2022 I had this opportunity. Leading into the race, my goal was to break the world record by 2 hours from when the last para-athlete raced the course. Race day couldn’t have gone any better. I smashed the record by exactly 2 hours in a time of 12 hour and 20 minutes for 3.8km swim, 180km hand cycle and 40km run in a racing wheelchair. It was a tough day but with a never give up attitude I was able to prove that ‘anything is possible’ no matter what you’ve been through”
Donovan Mota Wins Gold
We are happy to join Donovan who is one of our clients in Darwin in celebrating his recent win. ITEC Health have been providing support for Donovan for 10 wonderful years, and recently he participated in the Special Olympics held in Launceston in October 2022, ITEC Group Australia sponsored Donovan to make it possible for him to travel to Tasmania to compete.
A true champion Donovan Mota won 3 gold medals in swimming, one for the 50m back stroke, 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle. What an achievement. Donovan returned home to Darwin where he received a warm welcome from the local community and as a gold winner the ITEC staff decorated his house to welcome him home and celebrated the win in true champion style.
Well done Donovan one extremely motived individual who continues to be truly inspirational.