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 didn’t compete in the Rio Paralympics, he has a number of exciting opportunities ahead which may see him run some of the World's major Marathons.