It’s amazing how dreams can become goals and goals can become reality if you put the hard work in and believe in yourself!
1968 – 7 years old I watched my first Olympics
1970 – 9 years old – My dream was to represent Canada at the Olympics in gymnastics.
1976 – 15 years old – My goal was to represent Canada at the Moscow Olympics as a swimmer
1980 – 18 years old – My goal is crushed by the boycott of the games by the western world
1998 – 36 years old – Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis told I would never to this ‘silly sport stuff’ again!
2005 – 44 years old – Competed as a Para swimmer at the World Masters Games – 6 gold, 1 silver medals
2008 – 47 years old – My goal was to represent Australia at the Beijing Paralympics in Para Rowing – our crew missed out on a spot by 0.8 seconds.
2012 – 51 years old – Attain my goal and represented Australia at the London Paralympics in Para Cycling – 1 gold medal
2013 – 52 years old – Became a World Champion in Para Cycling
2016 – 55 years old – My goal attained once again and represented Australia at the Rio Paralympics in Para Cycling – 2 gold medals
2021 – 60 years old – I’m still shaking my head about to head to Tokyo to represent Australia at the Paralympic games in Para Cycling – My Goal? – to do the best that I can and bring back another gold medal!
‘Never give up your dreams, turn them in goals, put in all the hard work, believe in yourself and you can accomplish ANYTHING!’ ~ Carol Cooke AM
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