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BALLARD Angie
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age36
Place of BirthCanberra, AUS
Height1.75 m
Weight 40 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53
Further Personal Information
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Researcher, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Commerce, Psychology - University of Sydney: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 12, when the New South Wales [NSW] Wheelchair Sports Association sponsored a chair for her.
Why this sport?
After her accident she was introduced to a wide range of wheelchair sports and discovered her passion for wheelchair racing.
Club / Team
New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS]: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Fred Periac
Senior International Debut
Year
1998
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking a six-year-old world record in T53 400m at the 2015 Grand Prix event in Nottwil, Switzerland. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 06 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer and coach Louise Sauvage, Australian Para athletics coach Fred Periac. (paralympic.org.au, 11 May 2012)
Injuries
She was ill the night before her first race at the 2011 World Championships and had to have an injection to stop vomiting. (nswathletics.org.aum, 28 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
She was named Athletics Australia's 2013 Para Athlete of the Year. (queanbeyanage.com.au, 30 Nov 2013)

In 1999 she was named the Australian Capital Territory [ACT] Academy of Sport's Athlete of the Year in the impairment category. (susf.com.au, 2008)
Ambitions
To win gold at the Paralympic Games. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Impairment
She was in a car accident in 1989 that resulted in paraplegia. (paralympic.org.au, 16 Dec 2009)
Other information
RIO RELAY
She was part of the Australian women's T53/54 4x400m relay team that initially finished third at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, behind teams from the Peoples' Republic of China and the United States of America. But the Australians were disqualified after the race due to one of their racers straying out of their lane. The Australian team lodged an official protest that was upheld by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC], who disqualified the US team for interference and promoted the reinstated Australians to silver. (IPC Results Database, 2017; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 16 Sep 2016; paralympic.org.au, 16 Sep 2016)

PARALYMPIC PARTNER
As a child recovering from her car accident injuries, she was in rehabilitation with Christie Dawes, who would also go on to represent Australia in Para athletics. (bodyandsoul.com.au, 08 Oct 2011)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
Since 2004 she has served as a board member for the New South Wales Wheelchair Sports Association. (sbs.com.au, 22 Jun 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2000 100m T53 18.38
5 2000 200m T53 34.13
6 2000 400m T53 1:06.34
4 2000 800m T53 2:09.40
  2000 Marathon T54  DNS
3 2004 100m T53 17.87 
12 2004 200m T54 33.14 
7 2004 400m T53 1:02.73 
5 2004 800m T53 2:02.29 
7 2008 400m T53 59.82
5 2008 100m T53 17.89
7 2008 200m T53 31.81
6 2008 800m T53 2:02.56
2 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 1:01.91
3 2012 100m T53 17.14
5 2012 800m T53 1:53.80
2 2012 200m T53 29.35
2 2012 400m T53 56.06
3 2016 100m T53 16.59
3 2016 400m T53 55.28
Round 1 2016 1500m T54 3:33.05
2 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:46.63
4 2016 800m T53 1:47.97
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 1998 100m T54 19.53
8 1998 200m T54 37.13
7 1998 800m T54 2:23.62
1 1998 4 x 100m Relay T54-55 1:08.22
1 1998 4 x 400m Relay T54-55 4:26.28
1 2002 100m T53 18.17
10 2002 200m T54 35.50
6 2002 400m T53 1:08.37
5 2002 800m T53 2:11.27
6 2006 100m T53 18.71
6 2006 200m T53 32.25
5 2006 400m T53 1:01.78
5 2006 800m T53 2:12.45
10 2011 100m T53 19.56
8 2011 200m T53 33.87
6 2011 400m T53 1:08.09
2 2013 200m T53 30.15
2 2013 800m T53 1:53.88
2 2013 100m T53 17.64
3 2013 400m T53 57.00
1 2015 200m T53 29.33
10 2015 1500m T54 3:52.04
1 2015 400m T53 57.47
3 2015 800m T53 1:54.08
2 2017 200m T53 29.09
5 2017 1500m T54 3:25.79
4 2017 400m T53 55.73
2 2017 100m T53 16.84
6 2017 800m T53 1:58.28
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
6 2006 800m T54 1:58.78
1 2014 1500m T54 3:59.20
2 2018 1500m T54 3:36.85