41126-Col Pearse photo

Col Pearse



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
S10, SB9, SM10

Further personal information

Bamawm, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He learned to swim soon after he was able to walk. He took up the sport competitively in 2012.
Why this sport?
"I wasn't really into swimming when I was younger. I was more of an all-rounder with basketball, footy, cricket and swimming. I only swam for fun but as I got better, I realised this is my sport, I'll do this."
Club / Team
Melbourne H20 [AUS] / Victorian Institute of Sport [AUS]:
Name of coach
Brendan Burkett [national], AUS

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
London, ENG

General interest

Spending time on his family's farm, watching basketball with friends, golf, learning new sports. (, 28 Sep 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected for the 2019 World Championships in London, England. (, 15 Sep 2019)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, Australian swimmer Ellie Cole. (, 18 Nov 2017;, 28 Sep 2020)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
Before getting on the blocks, he slaps his legs, splashes his face seven times and swings his arms. Once on the blocks, he does a forearm stretch. (, 28 Sep 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'm someone who doesn't like taking the easy option. I like taking the hard option. I always feel like I can achieve more than what I have to date." (, 11 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2019 he was named the Echuca Moama Junior Sportstar of the Year in Victoria, Australia. (, 17 Feb 2020)

He took part in the Queen's baton relay in his hometown of Echuca, VIC, Australia, ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (, 16 Feb 2018)
To win 10 Paralympic gold medals. (, 18 Nov 2017)
His right foot was amputated from below the ankle at age two following a collision with a ride-on lawn mower. (, 26 Oct 2017)
Other information
Due to restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 he spent time training at the dam at his family's dairy farm in Echuca, VIC, Australia. "It's always been a bit of a joke about swimming in the dam and once they said all pools in Victoria are closed mum looked at me and said, 'Yep, we're getting it done tomorrow'. Mum was the brains of the whole set-up. So, there are leeches, fish and yabbies [crayfish]. I had an encounter with a leech on my foot, which wasn't too bad. I sort of yanked it off and threw it back into the water. Obviously I'm out in the dam so there's no roof or anything to guide me in a straight line, there's no proper flags for knowing where you are in the water, but really you just use what you've got. When I first jumped in it was freezing. It's really only the weather I'm concerned about because I could easily get crook [sick] or swallow some dirty water. But look, when you love the sport that much you'll do anything to train really." (, 12 Apr 2020)