The Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championships came to an end last night as Australia finished with 43 gold, 30 silver and 21 bronze to top the medal tally.
RioParalympian Rachael Watson got off Australia to a golden start for the last night of competition winning gold in the 50m freestyle S4 as she finished almost two seconds ahead of her nearest competitor.
“It feels amazing to get the win in my pet event, but to win it on home soil is an incredible feeling,” Watson said.
“It’s been really nice to do an international meet here in Australia, representing our own country on home soil with so many people watching and supporting us,” she said.
While a number of athletes had the chance to compete on home soil at the Commonwealth Games in April, there were still many whos events were not featured.
Taylor Corry was in career-best form adding a fourth gold medal n the 100m butterfly S14 to finish almost five seconds ahead of Canada’s Justine Morrier.
“I’m so happy with my swim tonight but I’m even happier with the meet in general,” Corry said.
“I missed out on Rio by half a second, I missed out on World Champs last year by two seconds and I’m just so glad to be part of the Australian team again," she added.
Meanwhile, Lakeisha ‘Lucky’ Patterson claimed the second gold medal on offer in the S8 50m freestyle event as the youngest team member Jasmine Greenwood swam 28.87 in the S10 final to claim bronze.
In the last event of the night, the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle 34-point relay team of Paige Leonhardt, Ellie Cole, Lakeisha Patterson and Tiffany Thomas Kane were pushed the USA until the end but held on to take the gold.