“I was born prematurely at 27 weeks and have Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I am wheelchair bound – so you can imagine how amazing it feels to get out of my chair and into the water!”

My name is Georgia Horgan and I’m 26 years old.

I was born prematurely at 27 weeks and have Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy. I am wheelchair bound – so you can imagine how amazing it feels to get out of my chair and into the water!

Swimming has always been an escape for me. I love how free my body feels in the water. It gives me the opportunity to stretch my muscles and free any tension or pain.

My favourite strokes are freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, alternating backstroke and assisted walking. Even though I find it difficult to walk on land, when I’m in the water, I love the feeling of my feet touching the bottom of the pool.

I try to go swimming twice a week and love competing in the South Australian Special Olympics Swimming competitions. I have been swimming for 14 years now – I’m excited to learn new strokes and participate in more competitions.

I have had multiple surgeries throughout my life and have had to contend with pain regularly. But that has never stopped me from getting in the water. I’m out to prove, that even though I’m in a wheelchair, I can achieve whatever I want to achieve.

To quote the Special Olympics oath, “let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”