Public party to celebrate Scooter’s achievements

Cairns dual Paralympic medallist Grant “Scooter” Patterson will be presented with the Keys to the City on Friday at Tobruk Memorial Pool.

The special homecoming event is open to the public, with the first 500 people through the gate to receive a “Go Scooter” bandana.

Following the formalities – which will include video presentations, special guests and a Q&A session with 4CA Sideline View host Matt Smith – Scooter will cut a large cake bearing the now well-known image of him biting his Paralympic silver medal.

There will also be opportunities for the public to meet, get photos and have autographs signed by the inspirational swimmer.

Known as Scooter because of the tricycle he rides everywhere, he claimed two medals at the Tokyo Paralympics – a bronze in the 150m medley and a silver in 50m breaststroke.

This was Scooter’s second Paralympics, having previously represented Australia at the 2012 London Games, where he swam in two finals but did not win a medal.

He narrowly missed selection for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, but fought back to claim his spot in this year’s games.

Council will present Scooter the Keys to the City as part of a special public celebration on Friday at Tobruk Memorial Pool from 3pm.

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