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Ballard and Fearnley talk about sustainable success at AIS

Angie Ballard
Angie Ballard (centre) prepares to race at the AIS.

07 Mar 2016


Wheelchair athletes Kurt Fearnley and Angie Ballard are both aiming for their fifth Paralympic Games, so this duo certainly knows a lot about sustained success over a long period.

The pair recently visited the AIS for training and racing, giving some insights into what makes a champion Paralympic athlete.

An 11-time Paralympic medallist, including three gold, Fearnley says everything will be on the line for him in Rio, his last Paralympics.

“Talent may get you through the first door but if you are hoping to be the best, desire, drive and mental preparation are everything,” Fearnley said.

Ballard is yet to win a gold medal at the Paralympics, but is raring to go for Rio after claiming two gold medals at last year’s Paralympic World Championships in Doha.

“It’s been a huge journey for me to work out how to go from having a little bit of talent to turning out consistently good performances,” Ballard said.

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