Nagmeldin ‘Peter’ Bol

Thornlie, Western Australia

800m runner, Olympian, role model

Unlike most of his middle-distance running peers, Peter did not hit an athletics track until well into his teens. Born in Sudan, he spent four years in Egypt before moving to Australia at age 10. A promising basketballer, his life changed when a teacher at his Perth high school suggested he give the 800m a go. Now, at 22, the construction management student is competing on the international stage. Peter’s grant helped him move to Melbourne to train with coach Justin Rinaldi. After putting in an incredible effort over the past year, Peter competed at the 2016 Australian Olympic team: “I want people to believe everything is possible when they see me on screen representing Australia – not just in sport, but in life.”