Born and bred in Cairns, Grant “Scooter” Patterson is a true-blue Aussie from the far North who took the country by storm during the 2021 Paralympic Games. Grant is currently in training to again represent Australia at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.
Grant was born with a rare form of dwarfism called diastrophic dysplasia, With the nickname “Scooter” coming from the three-wheeled trike that he scoots around on, Grant is a passionate, engaging, and loveable speaker with a fantastic message that resonates with all audiences.
Grant’s sporting opportunities looked limited, however, with determination and a positive attitude, Grant quickly became a talented athlete and an Australian favourite.
Jake was a late starter in track at aged 14 where he surprised himself and ran his way from school running to the National All Schools Championship. In 2017 coming back from injury Jake was represented Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Then in later that year suffered another injury, this did not stop Jake moving forward in gaining a sport on the 2018 Australian team for the World U20 Championships where he broke the Australian U20s track record. From here the Continental Cup and another Australian singlet for the World Relays.
Jake’s 2022 – 2023 season saw him win at major races: Australian Championships, Brisbane Track Classic and Oceania Championship and was named in the Australian Commonwealth Games and World Championship teams. 2024 is shaping up to another busy year for Jake and when he is not on the track Jake is a licensed football scout and has completed a Bachelor of Business.
Joyce is a Softball legend with an outstanding professional sporting career. Joyce competed in 5 World Championships and the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She played 235 games for Australia and was captain of the Australian team for 11 years. Joyce was inducted into both the Australian and Queensland softball halls of fame in 1996, and in 2000 she received a Medal of the Order of Australia and an Australian Sports Medal and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Since retiring, Joyce has continued to give back to softball as a volunteer, particularly in the coaching arena. The Joyce Lester Shield, Softball Australia‘s under-23 women’s championship, is named after her.
Libby started playing netball when she was seven years old and throughout the years found a natural transition to rugby sevens. Libby stood out with her talent and was recruited as part of the Australian campaign for the 2016 Rio Olympics where the highlight of her career came as a Forward for the Australian Jillaroos team. A career ending injury gave Libby a new lease in life, with her now off-field position advocating for women in sports.