Tim Prendergast is one of New Zealand’s most outstanding Paralympians. A middle distance runner, Tim has represented his native New Zealand at the last three Paralympic Games.
At the age of eight Tim began losing his central vision and within several years was legally blind. Despite his rapidly deteriorating sight and troubles coming to terms with his impairment, Tim still had a passion for sport and found a real enjoyment in running. With only 5% normal vision now, he still regularly competes in both open and international Paralympic events.
In 2004 at the Athens Paralympic Games, Tim produced an outstanding run to claim gold in the 800 metres T13 class. Despite finishing outside of the medals in both the 1500m and 5000m disciplines at Beijing, Tim continues to be a full time athlete.
As well as regular training and competitions, Tim also spends time frequently working with schools and other community organisations. He also works for the Youth Sport Trust as an Athlete Mentor and he engages and inspires young people with the power of his outstanding story. By sharing his experiences in life and sport Tim aims to encourage young people to follow their dreams and become the best that they can be.
Tim Prendergast was an inspiring individual who captured the audience with his story and delivered it in a really engaging style. Tim talked in a very down to earth way about he had managed adversity in his life and come through it to achieve huge successes. He made us all think about how we manage adversity which most of us had only experienced in a minor way vs Tim`s experience. He made us all realise just how much you can achieve when you have the drive, dedication and self-motivation to make it happen irrespective of the obstacles put in your way.
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Motivation, Paralympic, Sport
Motivation, Paralympic, Sport, Coaching, Goal Setting, Inspirational, Leadership, Mindset, Overcoming Adversity, Personal Development