03 August, 2022 Old Michaelians - Sport & Outdoor Ed

Col Wins Gold

Col Pearse (Old Michaelian 2021) has won the Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 final at the Commonwealth Games. Col finished the race with a time of 56.91, in front of Alex Saffy (Australia) and James Hollis (England).

The Old Michaelian went head-to-head with Saffy, until the 75m mark, when he pulled away to claim his first international gold, nearly one second quicker than Saffy. A brilliant race that had the St Michael’s community and much of Australia on the edge of their seats.

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    Col wins gold at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 Photo Credit: Delly Carr
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    Col representing St Michael's Grammar School in ACS Swimming in 2019

The Birmingham event is Col’s first Commonwealth Games, but it’s not the first time he has tasted success. At the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics (held in 2021) Col won a bronze medal in the Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 with a time of 57:66. Col also competed in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 and made the final where he finished fourth. He also made the final of the Men’s 100 m Backstroke S10 where he finished eighth. Earlier this year, Col won two silver medals – Men’s 100m Butterfly S10 and Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM10 at the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships.

Col’s determination, work ethic and resilience are admired by all members of the St Michael’s community. We are so proud of you Col, congratulations on winning gold.

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    Col at ACS Swimming back in 2018
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    Col swimming backstroke at ACS Swimming in 2021