Tahmoor student powers way to bronze medal in the pool

Anthony Pellizzaro continues to defy all odds in the pool.

Anthony, who was born with physical disabilities in his hands and arms, took home a bronze medal at the recent NSW Primary Schools Sports Association State Swimming Championships.

The 11-year-old was Tahmoor Public School's sole representative at the championships held at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre.

Anthony, of Picton, finished third in backstroke in the multi-categorical class for swimmers with a disability.

Anthony's teacher Natalie Dudukovic said the school community was proud of Anthony's achievement.

"Anthony has shown a lot of resilience for someone with physical disabilities. He just keeps persevering," she said.

"No-one at school treats him differently - it's amazing."

Dudukovic first met Anthony when she taught him at Fidgety Frogs Early Learning Centre, Thirlmere.

She taught him in year two at Tahmoor Public School and again in year six in 2019.

Dudukovic said Anthony was a popular student at her school.

"Anthony is quiet, very friendly and a polite student," she said.

"He is a great kid."