Home grown future Paralympian

Riley Moore, 19-year-old Coastie with a big future, has been invited to attend the Pathways to Paralympics camp on the Gold Coast this week after his five gold medal win at the Australian Para Swimming Titles.

Riley with 5 gold Australian age multi-class swimming championships medals, 17-18 years boys.

6 May 2022


IN his recent competition Riley achieved world rated times, including being in line with the second fasted world time in the 50 metre backstroke, a reflection of his tireless work training to achieve his very best.


Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch says she is immensely proud of Riley for his incredible achievements.


“Riley at just 19 is a powerhouse in the pool and has so much ahead of him, something the Pathways to Para Olympics Camp scouters certainly saw too,” said Ms. Tesch.


“It makes me so proud to see Peninsula locals reaching new heights on the Australian and potentially world stage.


“After speaking with Riley’s grandparents it is clear I am not the only one tearfully proud of his achievement. I am 100 percent behind Riley in his pursuit of this dream and I am sure the rest of the Peninsula is too.”


Riley said his original dream was to compete professionally in water polo, a sport he is also a superstar at, previously representing NSW since he was in his teens in both the Blues and the Waratahs.


Over the COVID-19 lockdowns and given closure of the local pools and cancellation of water polo Riley and his best friend were out, swimming kilometres in the cold water at the Pearl Beach Ocean Pool.


It was during lockdown and in the ocean pool Riley says he actually decided to look into competing at the Australian Para Swimming Titles.


“My coach had always told me about pursuing swimming and the competition but I played water polo and I had wanted to play competitively since I was young. My original dream was also to go to the Olympics but then I found out about the Paralympics after my diagnosis of Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia when I was nine,” Riley said.


“Over the lockdown we could not play water polo given it was a contact sport. Instead I started swimming, training with my mates in the ocean pool.”

“It was then that my coach referred me to the competition and said hey you should look at this. Then came the second lockdown and so I started swim training even more.


“So for me lockdown opened my opportunities. I am really keen to have fun, get to race and learn at the camp this week.”


Riley currently studies Exercise and Sports Science at the Ourimbah Campus of Newcastle University and in his spare time, when he is not training, he teaches the next generation of swimmers and keeps them safe in his role as a swim coach and lifeguard at Peninsula Leisure Centre.


Ms. Tesch says Riley is a great role model for those just started to kick in the pool.


“Riley is such a positive spirit who has worked very hard despite the challenges he has faced,” she said.


“He is a great role model for our young athletes starting their journey and I can’t wait to see the impact he has on the next generation of Peninsula athletes.”

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