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Col Pearse has been a successful recipient of a Tier 2 Scholarship within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program.

Col grew up on a dairy farm in regional Victoria.  His right foot was amputated as a toddler following a collision with a ride-on lawn mower, but that has not stopped his love for sport and drive to succeed.

A keen sportsman from a young age, Col participated in almost all weekend sports, but his true passion was in the water.  Col has been swimming for as almost as long as he has been walking, but only started swimming competitively in 2012.

Since 2012, he has competed at state, national, and international swim meets.  Col competes as an S10 swimmer (the classification assigned to him based on his level of disability). Col’s most notable achievement has been winning the bronze medal and breaking an Oceania Record in the S10 Men’s 100m butterfly at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London.

Outside of swimming, Col enjoys spending time on his family farm, watching basketball with his friends, and learning new sports (currently golf).

Col has his eyes firmly set on making the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics team and to win gold in the 100m Fly with a long-term goal of winning 10 Paralympic gold medals whilst wearing the green and gold.

Col speaks of his selection within the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program:

“I always feel proud and honoured when I am recognised for my swimming and being notified of my successful application by SAHOF is an honour and I am truly grateful to be given this Scholarship. This Scholarship will assist in helping me make the Tokyo 2021 Paralympic swim team and give me the opportunity of a lifetime.”

“I would like to congratulate Col, Katja and Brendon on this terrific achievement, we are incredibly proud to have three swimmers selected in the program for 2021.
Both Col and Katja are already valued members of our Dolphins swim team and Brendon is a young swimmer that has shown great potential and they should be thrilled they have been chosen for this honour.
It is fantastic these athletes will also have the opportunity to be mentored by a Sport Australia Hall of Fame member, that sort of guidance from someone who has been at the pinnacle of their sport is priceless.”
– Swimming Australia CEO, Leigh Russell


Birthplace: Echuca

Nationality: Australian

Sport: Para Swimming

Disciplines: S10: 100m Fly, 100m Back, 200 Individual Medley (IM)

First & Current Club: Geelong Swimming Club

Current Club: Melbourne H20 Swim Club

Started: 2012

Studying: Year 11

Hero: Ellie Cole

Pre-comp Routine: Slap legs and right before getting on the blocks, splashes face 7 times and then swings arms a couple of times then do a forearm stretch on the blocks

Favourite Quote: “The bigger the dream, the harder the grind”


Rankings – as at Sep 2020

Senior International: 3

Senior National: 1

Junior International: 1

Junior National: 1


Awards, Honours & Achievements

  • 2019: World Para Swimming Championship, London – Bronze, 100m Fly and broke the Oceania Record
  • 2019: Australian Swim Team Debut
  • 2019: Hancock Prospecting Australian Championship – 7th, 100m Fly
  • 2019: Hancock Prospecting Short Course Swimming Championship – 3rd, 100m Fly
  • 2019: Australian Age Swimming Championship, Multi Class – 1st, 400m Free, 100m Back, 100m Fly, 100m Breaststroke
  • 2019: Australian Age Swimming Championship – 45th, 100m Fly; competed against able bodied Athletes
  • 2019: Nationals, 15-16yr old boys multi class Australian Age Champion – 4 gold medals (100m Fly, 100m Back, 100m Breast, 400m Free)


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Last updated 28/09/2020


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