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HARRIS Nicole
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age26
Place of BirthHurstville, AUS
Height1.83 m
Weight 79 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T20, F20
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Fitness Instructor
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shot putting competitively in 2012, having previously competed in the 1500m event.
Why this sport?
While running at a meet in Sydney, NSW, Australia she was targeted by an Athletics Australia throwing coach who suggested she may have potential in throwing events due to her long limbs.
Club / Team
St George District Athletics Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Bre Clement, AUS, from 2012; Karyne Di Marco, AUS, from 2012
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Coley (Facebook profile, 02 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Throwing two personal bests at the 2015 Sydney Track Classic in Australia. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her physical education teacher from high school. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If someone says you can't do something, always prove them wrong." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other sports
She has represented Australia in basketball and alpine skiing in international events for athletes with an intellectual impairment. (aimforthestars.com.au, 01 Mar 2012; specialolympics.com.au, 20 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
Her mother Sharyn Harris was head coach of the Australian team that competed at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (specialolympics.com.au, 07 Feb 2013)
Impairment
She was born with an intellectual impairment. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a fitness coach at Danebank Anglican School for Girls in Hurstville, NSW, Australia. (Facebook profile, 02 Apr 2016)

FROM TRACK TO FIELD
Originally a middle distance runner, she changed disciplines in early 2012 and took up the shot put in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (nswathletics.org.au, 19 Apr 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2016 Shot Put F20 11.53
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2013 Shot Put F20 10.63
7 2015 Shot Put F20 11.30