Podcast: Paralympic champion keeps fire burning amid COVID-19 chaos

7 April 2021

How does a swimmer prepare for a Paralympics when no pools are open for training?

Lakeisha Patterson celebrates winning a gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. Image: Swimming Australia/Delly Carr

That was the challenge for Paralympic and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Lakeisha 'Lucky' Patterson OAM in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic threw the world into chaos – shutting down training facilities and sensationally postponing the Tokyo Olympics by a year. 

The UQ Bachelor of Communication student chats to The Armchair Fan podcast about keeping fit when all pools were closed, how she adjusted her training schedule for Tokyo, and that amazing feeling of winning a gold model after years of hard work.

Listen to the podcast now.

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