Paul Rankin wowed the diving judges today at the Gold Coast Aqautic Centre and was awarded a silver medal. Photo: Tristan Evert

Sunday 13 November 2016

By Tristan Evert

Cerebral palsy hasn’t stopped Paul Rankin from diving into the deep end of success.

Today he wowed the judges with his outstanding diving ability at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, finishing his first Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games with two silver medals.

The larger-than-life 33-year-old from Melbourne was born with cerebral palsy.

“I have been diving for the past 12 years and competing on and off,” Paul said.

“I’ve done a couple of world masters, but this is the first Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games, which has been good fun.”

Paul’s performance throughout the event was truly inspiring, qualifying for the national championships and setting new personal bests.

“The highlight for me was the three-metre event yesterday, I managed to qualify for the national championships and break my personal best score, which was really cool,” Paul said.

“I also competed in the one-metre event today and broke another personal best.”

The masters games have been a huge success for Paul and he said it’s been ‘awesome’.

“Everything’s been really great. The people are fantastic and the event organisers have done a brilliant job. It’s just incredible.”

– Paul Rankin

The 10th biennial Jupiters Pan Pacific Masters Games was held from 5 – 13 November 2016 on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

The event showcased competition in 43 sports and hosted 13,000 participants from Queensland, interstate and overseas.

For more info on cerebral palsy visit www.cerebralpalsy

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