Beijing 2008, London 2012
Adam Gilchrist, Grant Hackett
Winning the silver medal in Beijing in the 100m breaststroke
Being called up for the Beijing Paralympic Team - he missed out on the initial team and received a late call up
Blake Cochrane loves being part of a team and loves Australia, so by combining the two, his dream has come true. Describing himself as trustworthy, outgoing and courageous, Blake thrives on motivating people and loves to keep his team mates’ spirits up by finding the bright side of life.
He sees representing Australia at the Arafura Games in 2007 as one of the proudest moments of his life and one that could only be topped by winning a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke at the Beijing Paralympic Games and then gold in the 100m breaststroke and the 4x100m freestyle relay at the London Paralympics.
Blake comes from a family with a history and diversity in sport participation. He has played soccer for over 11 years and school boy Aussie Rules, loves to go scuba diving and has a keen developing passion for skiing. He is currently completing a degree in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Queensland, due for completion in 2014. Blake sees himself becoming a sports scientist or PE teacher down the track.
In all sports, Blake seeks to encourage teammates with the intention to keep every moment interesting. He has a good sense of humour and his mixture of fun and focus is well received; he brings a little respite to the sometimes intense training sessions and challenges of competition.
Blake’s performances since Beijing have been strong, blitzing the field at the 2011 Para Pan Pacific Championships in Canada, where he won five gold medals and broke the world record in the 100m breaststroke. 2010 was an especially prolific year for Blake, having won gold in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships, before snaring a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In 2011 he won Swimming Australia’s Swimmer with a Disability of the Year Award.
Blake sees Beijing as just the beginning of his career and now having won gold at London 2012, is intent on swimming at least until the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.