Tom Roach became the fourth honorary Spartan when he completed his tenth Melbourne Marathon Festival event.
Tom was born at 29 weeks, weighing less than a kg. He spent the first 290 days of his life in the NICU at the Royal Women’s hospital. He was diagnosed at two with Cerebral Palsy and soon after, started attending the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre. Here he spent countless hours learning to control his body and was encouraged and supported as he transitioned into the mainstream kindergarten system and then commenced his formal education at Kew primary school.
See a video of showing some of the therapy that Tom underwent when younger.
He was part of the 2019 Victorian Track and Field team which went to Darwin to compete in the School Sport Australia Track and Field Championships in Shot Put, Discus and the Relay.
Singlet Presentation, 2019 Annual General Meeting
School Sports Australia Track and Field Championships in Darwin, September 2019
PDF of an article from the Progress Press on September 17 before Tom went to Darwin for the State Schools of Australia National Championships.
At right, he is wearing the silver medal for the 800m medley relay team.