Swimmers making a splash at Games
SUNSHINE Coast-based swimmers Blake Cochrane and Rick Pendleton are celebrating medal-winning efforts at London.
The duo, who live alongside fellow Paralympian Michael Anderson at Kawana and train together in the University of Sunshine Coast High Performance Paralympics Squad, were among a host of Australians to make a splash at the Games during the weekend.
Cochrane played a leading role in Australia's gold rush, bagging victory in the 100m SB7 final in a world record time of 1min 18.77sec on Saturday night.
The Scarborough product cut almost two seconds off his heat time to finish 3.27 seconds ahead of Japan's Tomotaro Nakamura.
Then, on Sunday night, the 21-year-old snared his second gold medal of the meet, combining with Levy, Matthew Cowdrey and Andrew Pasterfield to win the men's 4x100m relay in a Paralympics record time of 3min 50.17sec.
The quartet finished 1.51sec ahead of China.
Pendleton can savour a bronze medal, which he collected with a bold showing in the 200m individual medley SM10 final on Thursday.
He touched the wall in a time of 2min 14.77sec.
Their success has left people wondering if there's something special in the water at the University of Sunshine Coast pool.
The squad, which was coached by Jon Shaw and assisted by USC sport science staff, has significantly bolstered Australia's medal haul in London.
Among its members are Paralympian great Cowdrey, who claimed his 10th Olympic gold medal on Sunday night.
USC's Professor of Sport Science Brendan Burkett, a four-time Paralympics swimmer, is the Australian Paralympics swim team sport science coordinator.
Meanwhile, Beerwah's Lindsay Sutton is primed to compete in the shot put later this week after switching from hammer-throw.