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BLAKE Torita
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age23
Place of BirthMoree, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T38
Further Personal Information
Other names
Torita Isaac
Residence
Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 14 at school.
Why this sport?
Her hero was Australian athlete Cathy Freeman and she wanted to follow in her footsteps.
Club / Team
University of Queensland Athletics Club: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Wayne Leaver [personal], from 2013
Senior International Debut
Year
2012
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
London, ENG
General Interest
Nicknames
TJ (Facebook page, 12 Jan 2017)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (uq.edu.au, 07 Sep 2016)
Injuries
She was found to have 11 bone fractures in her legs when she ran the 100m at the 2012 National Championships in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Aug 2012)
Ambitions
To complete a degree in indigenous studies. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy, is blind in her right eye and has only 10% minimised vision in her left. (tracker.org.au, 28 Aug 2012; paralympic.org.au, 01 Aug 2012)
Other information
EMOTIONAL MEDAL
At the 2017 World Championships in London, England, she dedicated the bronze medal she won in the T38 400m to her great-grandfather, who died one month before the event. "I wanted the bronze for my great-grandfather [Charles Preston] who passed away a month ago. He fought in World War Two and was my idol. I used to ring him up every weekend. He was the one who motivated me, so this is dedicated to him." (paralympic.org, 21 Jul 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She serves as an ambassador for the Raise the Bar Academy, a joint initiative between Athletics Australia and the University of Melbourne that provides summer camps for indigenous high school students. The programme aims to encourage students to attend post-secondary education and pursue a career in the sports industry. She is also an ambassador for the Deadly Choices indigenous health programme, which encourages indigenous school students to make healthy lifestyle choices. (sunshinecoastdaily.com.au, 09 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 100m T38 14.50
4 2012 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 56.32
7 2012 200m T38 29.78
4 2016 400m T38 1:04.47
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
7 2013 200m T38 30.34
7 2013 100m T38 14.85
3 2015 400m T38 1:06.06
6 2015 200m T38 29.35
7 2017 200m T38 30.16
3 2017 400m T38 1:09.24