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‘The pain is unimaginable’: Aussie wins silver after mother’s death

Earlier this week, Disken took to Instagram to pay tribute to his mother.

“Never imagined I’d have to write this,” Disken wrote. “Didn’t think 2021 could get any worse. I sit here lost, confused, distraught, in shock and just empty. Sometimes, life just isn’t fair. I’ve lost my number one supporter, my rock and my best friend. The pain is unimaginable, and losing you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to endure.

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“Without your undying love, grit, determination, stubbornness … and unwavering support I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Heck, I wouldn’t have even survived day one.

“To my family back home, I’m so sorry I can’t be there to grieve with you and comfort you, you are all in my thoughts.”

Disken will travel home on Monday with an Australian team on their charter flight but will have to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine before he can reunite with his family.

Paralympics Australia released a statement on Friday explaining Disken’s circumstances.

“This is an extremely difficult time for Tim and being away from home makes it even harder for him,” said Kate McLoughlin, Australia’s chef de mission.

“This team is incredibly tight-knit and supportive and Tim knows that all our wellbeing resources are available to him.”

Head coach Brendan Burkett added: “It’s hard to put into words what Tim is going through at the moment and we’re all deeply saddened by his mum’s passing.

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