At the age of 14 Cole Pratt is already making a major splash in the pool (as well as a name for himself in the world of sports!) The Calgary native has been swimming for the past 10 years and is currently part of the Cascade Swim Club under the guidance of coaches Ildi Deliu and Wendy Johnson.
Coming into the games his goal was to win gold in the 100m butterfly, which he did! He achieved is goal and so much more when he started smashing record after record -- and not only the ones from the Games, but the National records for his age category (13-14).
Cole’s biggest moment at the summer Games was during the 100m “Fly”; he wasn’t sure if he would be able to touch the wall first, but he managed to pull ahead of his opponent from Ontario and beat him by 0.02 seconds to take home the gold!
Cole has earned a total of 10 medals this week at the Games; 7 for individual performances, and 3 for team events. His success in the pool wouldn’t have been possible without the continuous help and support of his coaches, parents and siblings who are constantly pushing him to be the best that he can be. After receiving his medal Cole was joined by one of his biggest supporters, his father, who was pulling the double duties of supporting his son while also announcing the events throughout the evening.
When asked how he felt with all the cameras surrounding him, he said that it's definitely different, as he’s not used to the spotlight and “all the cameras in my face”. But by the looks of it, it’ll be something he’ll have to get used to quickly! Best of luck in the future, Cole!