3 Sep 2012
Cameron Leslie who has recently graduated with a BCS has retained his Paralympic title
Communications graduate, Cameron Leslie has won gold in a world record time at the London Paralympics. Cameron, who will soon take up a role with the Northern Advocate as a sports reporter, was the winner of the 150 metre Individual Medley.
Competing in the SM4 competition, Cameron has now defended the title he won four years ago in Beijing. The Northlander, who has a quadruple limb deficiency, has been busy over the last few years completing a Bachelor of Communication Studies degree with a journalism major while competing for New Zealand in two sports. The 22-year-old has also represented New Zealand in wheelchair rugby.
Success in the previous Paralympics changed his mind set going into the London Paralympics.
“Last time I went in as a fresh-faced 18-year-old and came out a Paralympic champion and world record holder. This time I'm the hunted rather than the hunter.”
Training has been intense over the weeks leading up to the games with 12 sessions in the pool and gym every week. He told the New Zealand Herald today that there is no secret to his success. “It's just all hard work.”
"That's the time we've been going for a long time and it's bloody hugely satisfying to see it pulled off like that."
Cameron will compete in the 50m backstroke and 200m freestyle events later in the week just prior to the closing ceremony which will be held on Sunday 9 September.