OUR scholarship recipients, Kalyce, Maddie and Natalie.

Kalyce Presser

Broken Hill, NSW

Kalyce is a fun loving 17-year-old who adores spending time with her family, friends and pets -5 dogs and 1 cat! Kalyce also enjoys music. As club captain of Silver City Swim Club, Kalyce spends a lot of time fundraising for her club and attending functions that help her club and local community. From swimming events to raise money for special needs children to BBQ fundraisers, cake stalls, selling tickets or just lending a helping hand, Kalyce is always there with a happy smile on her face. Her most recent fundraiser was a superswim to raise money for sick children.

Swimming under head coach Ricky Shore for the past 11 years, Kalyce has achieved amazing results for a regional athlete restricted to living and training in her home town of Broken Hill in a 25 m pool. Kalyce has competed in SA country and State Championships where she has broken numerous records and been awarded swimmer of the meet. In 2018 Kalyce qualified for numerous events at the Australian age championships and won gold in the 200 breaststroke and silver in the 2100 breaststroke. At the 2019 Australian age championships, Kalyce won gold in the Girls 14-year-old 100 breaststroke and silver in the Girls 14 year old 200m breaststroke. In 2021 Kalyce came 3rd in the women’s 200 m open breaststroke at nationals, which is huge achievement at her age.

Kalyce has a very small fine body and as she becomes more powerful, we anticipate she will move up the national rankings. Kalyce qualified in three events at the Olympic trials and her greatest excitement was sitting next to Cody Simpsons family in the VIP area. Unfortunately, she was suffering an undiagnosed iron deficiency during the trials but that has now been rectified and Kalyce has been swimming pbs since then.

In 2021 Kalyce was nominated for South Australian Country athlete of the year where she finished as one of the top 3 candidates. She has also been named junior sports person of the year in Broken Hill for the last 2 years running – no mean feat in a sporting regional town.

Over the last couple of years Kalyce has been busy swimming at meets around the country (covid permitting). She has been to Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and the sunshine coast as a member of the Swimming Australia talent identification squad supported by the Butterfly Scholarship. She has also competed as a member of the NSW school sports Australia championship swimming team. Kalyce enters up to 20 events per swimming carnival and has been known to come home with 20 medals from a single event! The Butterfly Scholarship supports Kalyce with training and racing bathers, travelling and accommodation costs for her and her family to these competitions.

To give you an indication of her calibre as an athlete, a few of Kalyce’s personal best times are listed below.

100 breast 1.11.43 (long course)
200 breast 2.32.61
200 medley 2.22.65
400 medley 5.01.58

Maddie McTernan

Gold Coast, QLD

Maddie started swimming when she was 6 years old and she swam in her first NSW Swimming Multi-Class Championships when she was 13. It was after these championships that Maddie joined a swimming squad. Maddie went to her first National Championships at 14, medalled and started attracting attention as a talented para swimmer.

Maddie’s entire family moved to the Gold Coast when Maddie turned 16, so that Maddie could get access to professional swimming training and reach her full swimming potential. Maddie trains up to 4 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week. Maddie also completed her final three years of school during this time. Maddie won her first National open title that year. She competed in in the World Swimming Para Championships in London in 2019. In Feb 2020 at the World Para Series in Melbourne, Maddie won her first world title in the S14 200m freestyle and a silver S14 50 m backstroke.

In Nov 2020, at the National Short Course Championships, Maddie set her first individual world record in the S14 400m freestyle. Since then, Maddie has gone from strength to strength and is now the Australian national title holder and record holder for numerous s14 freestyle and backstroke events. Maddie also qualified for the Paralympics in two S14 events, the 100 m backstroke and the Mixed 4 x 100m freestyle relay. She competed in Tokyo in the Mixed 4 x 100 freestyle relay and 100 m backstroke. Maddie’s relay team won silver and Maddie came 4th in the 100m backstroke.

Maddie’s best friend is her dog, and she spent most of her recent post-Paralympic quarantine wishing she could get home to see Lucy! The Butterfly Scholarship supports Maddie with training gear and equipment and travelling and accommodation costs for her and her family to state and national competitions. The Butterfly Scholarship is also supporting Maddie’s brother Ryan to start swimming.

Maddie is the first Butterfly Scholarship beneficiary to compete at a Paralympics event and we are very proud of her. Her current swimming records and titles are listed below.

World S14 Womens short course record
400m Freestyle Madeleine McTernan AUS 4:35.56 2020

Australian S14 Womens short course records
200m Freestyle Madeleine McTernan QLD 2:09.83 2020
400m Freestyle Madeleine McTernan QLD 4:35.56 2020
200m Backstroke Madeleine McTernan QLD 2:30.29 2020

Australian S14 women’s long course records
100m Freestyle Madeleine McTernan 2021
200m Freestyle Madeleine McTernan 2:13.14 2020
200m Backstroke Madeleine McTernan 2:31.29 2019

Natalie Shaw

Lismore, NSW

Natalie Shaw was recently nationally classified as an s10/SB9 multiclass swimmer. Since her classification, she has won may medals at state and national competitions, including 5 gold at the recent National Paralympic Age meet. She has also broken two Queensland swim records – 17 years s10 400m freestyle and 17 years s10 100 m backstroke. She has been accepted into the Swimming Australia Para Swimming National Development Program and she is waiting for international classification.

Born in Lismore NSW, Nat was a reluctant swimmer until the age of 11, when her parents convinced her that she needed to swim well as beaches were ‘nearby’. After a few squad sessions at her local indoor pool, she started to win. She was hooked and began to swim competitively. Her favourite stroke was breaststroke and as a 15-year-old she achieved National age able-body times for the 100 and 200m breaststroke. Over time she has started to enjoy swimming other strokes and currently likes the 400m freestyle as she “only needs her arms”.

Nat always had funny knees, hip movement and nerve difficulties with her arms as she started to mature. This resulted in numerous visits to physios and acupuncturist and a subsequent scoliosis diagnosis, identified when she was 13. This progressively worsened resulting in major scoliosis surgery in June 2020, followed by 20 seeks in progressive recovery. With absolute determination and a burning desire to return to competitive swimming she made a strong recovery, and qualified for national Paralympic trials in 5 separate events and came second in all of them.
Unfortunately, notwithstanding her excellent performance she did not qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics because she had not yet received a certificate for international competition. However, all going to plan, we expect that she will be representing Australia in S10/SB9 events in 2022! In the meantime, Nat has completed her Year 12 studies and wants to study Science at University of Queensland.

Nat is not only passionate about swimming but also about the mental health of adolescents. She participates in the laps for life campaign for ReachOut, swimming over 100 km in March 2021. She is an animal lover and especially loves her cat “Garfield”.

The Butterfly Scholarship supports Nat with training and racing bathers, travelling and accommodation costs for her and her family to state and national competitions. A few of her best times are listed below.

Short course
S10 – 50 free- 28.71
S10 – 100 free- 1:01:83
SB9 – 100 breast- 1:18.67

Long course
S10 – 400m free 4:45.02
S10 – 100 m free 1:03.31

QLD Long Course open records- 50/100m Backstroke
National 18 Years long course record 400m Freestyle

Col Pearse

Echuca, Victoria

Col Pearse was born in Echuca in 2003, and now lives in Melbourne so that he can pursue his swimming aspirations.

Col’s right foot was amputated when he was two years old following an accident with a lawnmower, but that did little (if anything) to slow him down. A keen sportsman from a young age, Col’s childhood was spent trying new sports; in the summer, cricket and basketball, and in winter, footy in the local league, at school ,soccer and athletics.

Growing up on a working dairy farm surrounded by water from a young age, Col’s Mum enrolled him in swimming lessons. Col’s lessons commenced before his accident, however he was far from a ‘duck to water’! Col’s meltdowns in the Echuca swimming pool are quite infamous – he spent most of the lesson crying and screaming to be let back onto dry land and would not let his head go below the water! After his accident, Col’s body was out of balance with the loss of his foot, so he took to swimming sideways! Dedicated ‘Learn to Swim’ teachers helped Col re-learn how to swim and he quickly started to show a natural talent.

Col was in grade three when his swimming teacher suggested he start squad swimming with the late Russell Parsons, who was training a squad in Echuca. Col and Russell got along famously, helped by their love for football (Col a Geelong supporter and Russell a Demons fanatic). Russell and Col would make bets on the outcome of AFL games- Col would swim a hard session if the Demons won and Russell would join Col for milkshakes and ice cream if the Cats won. Luckily for Col, the Demons were not always a premiership team!

Col thrived under Russell and during their time swimming competed successfully at many competitions.

In 2017 Col relocated from the farm in Echuca to Melbourne to progress his training with a view to competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Col’s first international meet was the World Championships, in London in 2019. He won his first international medal- a bronze in the 100m S10 butterfly.

Working towards his goal of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Col’s training was building to a peak in early 2020. This was promptly disrupted by the appearance of COVID-19. The pools and gyms in Victoria were closed and training was limited. Indomitable, Col returned to the farm and set up the now famous ‘Pearse Aquatic Centre’ complete with wooden pallets, milk bottles on hay twine and a wet suit to ease the chill of the dam water. The garage was turned into a makeshift gym using some equipment inherited from Russell, a splurge from the local sports shop and bits and pieces of old farming equipment (including truck disc brake drum, and some scrap medal to help with his gym equipment ).

Col returned to Melbourne in June 2020 to train in a high-performance bubble during the lengthy Melbourne lockdowns. At the peak of his training, he was doing nine swim training sessions and three gym sessions a week. His training is complimented by an impressive diet featuring lots of dairy (yo-pro), weetbix (always good to have 12 weetbix after dinner to get you through to breakfast), fruit (bananas, bananas and more bananas) and veggies (obviously).

Col’s success at Tokyo is his proudest swimming moment – a bronze medal in his signature event, the 100m S10 butterfly and breaking the S10 100m Butterfly Australian record! He finished fourth in the 200m S10 individual medley and eight in the 100m backstroke, all with personal best times.

100 Fly – 57.66
100 Back – 1.04.03
200 Individual Medley – 2.14.63

After his successful campaign at the Paralympics the Butterfly Scholarship hopes to support Col to achieve his next goals – the 2022 World Championships and the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Chole Adams

Port Fairy, Victoria

Chloe Adams is our youngest swimmer. She is 13 and lives in Port Fairy on the South West Coast of Victoria. Chloe is an able bodied swimmer who specialises in butterfly.

Chloe lives at home in Port Fairy with her mum Rochelle, dad Jonathan, older sister Elsie & their dog Spike. Port Fairy is a small coastal town at the end of the Great Ocean Road. The family moved to Port Fairy from Canberra following a 6-month camping trip around Australia. On their trip the family fell in love with Port Fairy, and moved there in 2016.

Chloe is in year 7 at Hamilton Alexandra College in Hamilton. She started her first swimming lessons at the AIS in Canberra at 4 and have enjoyed swimming ever since. She was just starting to get into swimming seriously in Warrnambool when Covid hit. Adjusting to the two hours of travel for high school each day and the on/off circumstances of Covid made training a challenge during Covid.

She is excited to be a Butterfly Scholarship swimmer and is looking forward to the year ahead and hopes to compete in some swimming meets.