Tom Roach

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.

2024 Update

Tom’s mother supplied these details

Tom is now in year 10 at Scotch College and towers above me at 5ft 10. He competes at a National level representing Athletics Victoria and Little Aths Victoria and swims competitively, recently setting two Scotch School records at APS finals night. Next week we’re off to Adelaide for the Australian Athletics Championships.

Tom still does 2-3 intensive blocks of therapy a year, trains 4 times a week for swimming (T1/4) and twice a week (T2/3), and 4 times a week at MULTUS for athletics. He horse rides and biggest passion is still rollercoasters.

In 2023 he was awarded the Boroondara Sports Person of the Year award.

Due to the timing of the Melbourne Marathon, Tom hasn’t had the opportunity to compete since COVID.

Above Tom, at full stretch, running for his school.

At, left showing medals earned at the 2023 National Little Athletics championships. (Tom has a lot of medals!)

Tom in 2019 and Earlier

Tom is a School Sport Victoria State Swimming Championship 50m silver medallist for backstroke and 50m bronze medallist for freestyle.
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.

Tom is a Little Athletics Regions Gold medallist in 100m, Long Jump, Javelin and Shot Put.

Singlet Presentation, 2019 Annual General Meeting

Committee member David Foskey presenting Tom with his singlet.

The title of “Honorary Spartan” is earned by students of the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre who complete ten of the one of the shorter events on marathon day. Tom became the fourth honorary spartan when he completed the 2019 3km event.

Tom displaying his singlet.

Race Day

See a video of race day 2013

Tom finishing independently for the first time in 2013. His father Andrew is following.

Tom and sister Emily waiting to start, 2019.

Tom with Fiona Beauchamp, Tom’s CPEC OT

Natasha Van Der Heyden, Matt Haanappel (Tom’s swimming mentor and CPEC Ambassador), Olivia Derndorfer (Tom’s swimming coach), Emily and Tom

Tom, Robyne Somerville, Emily

Emily, Tom’s mother Jen Williams, Tom

Tyler Parfuss, Emily and Tom wearing their finishers medals.

Tyler and Tom.

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.

Tom showing the certificates which recognise that he is the National Record holder in both discus and shot put for his age group.
At right, he is wearing the silver medal for the 800m medley relay team.