Paralympian Tracy Barrell talks to residents from the Mountain View Retirement Village, Marj Kersey, Ray Sargeant and Aveon Sargeant.
Paralympian Tracy Barrell talks to residents from the Mountain View Retirement Village, Marj Kersey, Ray Sargeant and Aveon Sargeant. John Gass

Olympic fever arrives at village

MOUNTAIN View Retirement Village had a touch of Olympic fever last week when Paralympian Tracy Barrell joined Tweed mayor Barry Longland to present community awards in the Olympic spirit.

Manager of the village Suzi Cornelius said it was a highlight of the year.

"Two of our residents saw the limelight, with Pat Smith being recognised for competing in the 1982 Commonwealth games and winning silver at the 1986 Commonwealth Games.

Fellow resident Joan Woodward's grandson Clinton Stanley was also commended.

The Down Syndrome swimmer has astounded the world with his achievements.

A member of the Down Under Swimming team for Australia, Clinton won three gold medals and two silver medals in the World Masters at Sydney in 2009.

Tracy Barrell is an ambassador for the disabled and has been recognised with the Order of Australia Medal.

Amongst her achievements are two gold medals at the Barcelona games in 1992.

She also gave a talk about her life growing up and competing without limbs.



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