Aiming for Tokyo 2020

Port Lincoln swimmer Jade Calverley has her sights set on her next dream, the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Calverley has been involved with the West Coast Swimming Club since 2011, and was coach in 2018.

In order to make the qualification standard for Paralympic trials, I need to attend numerous competitions before trials next year in order to continue to see improvements.

Jade Calverley

After competing in state, national and world competitions over the years, she hopes to qualify next year for the Paralympic Games after beating several state records this year alone.

"In order to make the qualification standard for Paralympic trials, I need to attend numerous competitions before trials next year in order to continue to see improvements," she said.

She said she planned to compete in one championship before the end of this year, and one state, two national and one Victorian championship next year before the tryouts in Adelaide in June next year.

"It's a waiting game, I have to improve on my times and they only take 30 athletes so it's really unpredictable," Calverley said.

"That's why it's really important to go to these competitions so you only have to drop 0.6 or 0.7 seconds off your time at each competition. "It is always my ambition to use every opportunity during competition to break my existing records and create new ones."

Calverley said she had big ambitions especially since competing on the world stage previously.

"Two years ago I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Australia and compete at the 2017 World Dwarf Games, held in Canada," she said.

"This was where I was able to experience swimming against people who all had the same disability as I did. "Competing in four individual events, the 50 metre freestyle and breaststroke, 100 metre breaststroke and 200 metre individual medley and two team relays, I am proud to say that I bought home gold in every single event and set four new swimming records."

West Coast Swimming Club coach Grant Muller said Calverley was good to coach and was hopeful of her Paralympic quest.

"She's very willing, committed and just loves hard work...she loves to give back to her sport," he said.

Calverley has broken eight open state short course records (25m pool) and four open state long course records (50m pool) this year.

She currently holds 12 state short course records and 10 long course state records as a multi-class athlete in the S6 category.

Athletes with a disability are classed to compete fairly against others.

She will use one of the competitions next year to be classed before Paralympic tryouts.

She said while competing at several events to improve her times would give her the best chance at a place on the team, it did mean travel costs would be high for both her and coach.

She has started a Go Fund Me page to help cover travel costs to make her Paralympic dream come to fruition. To donate visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-make-this-para-dream-a-reality.

The Tokyo Paralympic games run from August 25 to September 6 next year.