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A different kind of every day job

A different kind of every day job

Cathy Lambert from Nuriootpa, has been part of the Australian Paralympic Committee for seven years, where her main role is Performance Talent Manager.

She began with a state based role for five years and has since had a national role in the committee for the past two years.

“I’m enjoying every minute of it,” said Cathy.

“I’ve never even thought about giving  up the role.”

In a nutshell, Cathy works with athletes with disabilities through talent identification or transfer.

If an athlete with a disability is good in a sport, but isn’t going to make the Australian team, it’s Cathy’s job to advise them and help them find a new sport better suited to their  abilities.

She is currently travelling around Australia, scouting for new athletes for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

“We’ve already seen 60 athletes for Tokyo, just in Perth, Melbourne and Darwin,” said Cathy.

“Eight with high Paralympic potential and 25 developing athletes with good potential.

“We’ve still got five more capital cities to visit, so who knows what’s next.”

Over the next couple of weeks Cathy will continue to visit capital cities in each state, and in a hired facility help future athletes do talent identification tests to find their best sport and basically, find athletes to compete in the Paralympics team.

To be eligible for the Paralympics, people need to have either a physical or intellectual disability, or visual impairment.

“I love working in sport for people with disabilities,” said Cathy.

“I love their commitment and attitude to sport, I love helping them experience the same benefits from sport as able-bodied athletes.”

Cathy has been lucky enough to have attended both the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games and the 2012 London Paralympic games, whilst also travelling around the world for numerous other sporting events.

Although the 2016 Rio Paralympic games are quickly coming up in September, Cathy’s decided to share the opportunity around and allow some of the other 25 committee members to head overseas this year instead of herself.

 For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.