Tim Prendergast during 2013 London Marathon
|Competitor for New Zealand|
|2004 Athens||800 metres - T13|
|2000 Sydney||800 metres - T13|
|2000 Sydney||1500 metres - T13|
At eight years of age Tim Prendergast began losing his sight, and within five years his vision had depleted by over 90 per cent. Despite this and the troubles he experienced whilst he was coming to terms with his impairment, Tim still maintained a burning passion for sport and found real enjoyment in running.
Success was not a given, and Tim tried and failed in many races as a junior. In 2004 Tim represented New Zealand at his second Paralympic Games in Athens, winning a gold medal in the T13 800 metres contest. He also ran in the Beijing Games in 2008 where he was disappointed with his performance. At London 2012 Tim ran his fastest time at a major championship but unfortunately was edged out of the medals.
Tim’s passion for competition still burns and even though he won’t be competing on the track at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, he has a number of exciting opportunities ahead which could see him representing his country in another sport.
Now in his seventh year as an Athlete Mentor, Tim hopes that sharing his own experience of overcoming disability to succeed will inspire the pupils he meets to overcome their own obstacles.
Prendergast, now as mentioned, an Athlete Mentor, visits many schools in England to share his stories of success and hardship, and continues to motivate many.
In April 2013 Tim Prendergast's partner, Lisa, gave birth to baby boy Finn.