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Swimmer with Down Syndrome “on a mission” to level the playing field

Olivia Hargroder

WINNING gold at the Paralympic Games would mean more to teenager Olivia Hargroder if athletes with Down Syndrome could compete in their own category. The 17-year-old Scarborough Southern Cross Catholic College student and competitive swimmer is one of more than 3300 supporters of an international petition to open a new category at the Paralympics. The Paralympics divides athletes into three ... Read More »

Year 12 Catholic schoolgirl with Down Syndrome to speak at the United Nations

Year 12 student with Down Syndrome Olivia Hargroder

GIVING up has never been Olivia Hargroder’s style. When the 18-year-old was born, doctors told her parents Kerry and Mark Hargroder that their daughter would never learn to talk because she was born with Down Syndrome. The Southern Cross Catholic College Year 12 student defied the odds when she addressed a national education conference early last year to “teach the ... Read More »

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