IB Alumni. Ari G : IB Cohort 2019.

IB Alumni. Ari G : IB Cohort 2019.

Ari has won one of the prestigious Sport Australia Hall of fame scholarships and is mentored by George Gregan. Ari will be competing in the Tokyo Olympics this year.

ARI GESINI, 19, Canberra ACT

Ari Gesini, born with mild cerebral palsy, became one of the youngest athletes to win a medal at the Senior Australian Nationals with his performance in long jump. At 15, Ari was selected to represent Australia at the 2017 Junior Para Athletics Championships in Switzerland, winning gold in the T38 long jump. At 17, in 2019, Ari competed for the first time in the Senior World Para Athletics Championships and finished fourth but set five personal bests along the way. His longest jump - 6.16m - now stands as the all-time Oceanic record.

"It came as a big surprise and I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of this program. The SAHOF scholarship has provided me with a once in lifetime opportunity to talk to a sporting legend, George Gregan, one on one, something I’ll never forget. Over the next 12 months I hope to learn as much as I possibly can from George and to gain new wisdom and skills that will help me for the rest of my life." - Ari Gesini

"Ari is an impressive young man who I look forward to working with over the coming year(s). I feel privileged to be able to pass on some of my experiences, that can hopefully help Ari throughout his athletic career." - Mentor, George Gregan AM

"Athletics Australia congratulates Ari on receiving this prestigious Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship and Mentoring Program. Ari is an outstanding young talent who is achieving great things in our sport, already notching up the all-time Australian record men’s T38 long jump of 6.16m at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai. To be mentored by George Gregan is an extraordinary honour for any athlete and the athletics community is excited to see where this scholarship and mentor program will lead for Ari." - Athletics Australia CEO, Darren Gocher.

We wish Ari all the best for the Tokyo Olympics this year.