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QUT Student Rachael Watson swims to Silver & Bronze at World Para Swimming Championships

First published 27 September 2019

QUT Bachelor of Education student and elite athlete Rachel Watson returned a silver and bronze medallist from the World Para Swimming Championships held in London from the 9 - 15 September.

Watson contested the Women’s 50m S4 Freestyle event in a time of 40.62 seconds narrowly missing gold by 0.62 of a second.

She also swam to bronze in the Women’s 100m S4 Freestyle in a time of 1:33.90.

A member of QUT’s Elite Athlete Program, Watson is preparing for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo which will be held in 2020 with trials taking place in June next year.

‘I know the areas I can improve on, but overall and particularly as we were a Nation that travelled so far to get to the event, I’m really happy with my performances at the competition.

‘I’m working towards achieving a place on the Paralympic team next year whilst balancing my study in Early Childhood Education.

‘The support I receive from the QUT Elite Athlete Program enables me to focus on my swimming and study, as it’s really important that I’m able to work towards my long term career aspirations,’ Watson said.

You can watch Rachael Watson’s podium performances in London here.

QUT wishes Rachael the very best in her preparation ahead of the 2020 Paralympic Games!