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ANDERSON Rae
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age21
Place of BirthGosford, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T37, F37
Further Personal Information
Residence
Terrigal, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Indonesian, Malay
Higher education
Media and Communications - University of Sydney: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age 10.
Why this sport?
She began the sport after a chance meeting with Australian Paralympian Evan O'Hanlon.
Club / Team
Mingara Athletics: Tumbi Umbi, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Kerry Smith [club], from 2015
Senior International Debut
Year
2014
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Glasgow, SCO
General Interest
Hobbies
Public speaking, socialising, volunteering, studying. (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and throwing a personal best in her first event at the Games. (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My desire to achieve and support others to greatness through my story and accomplishments is what truly keeps me motivated. I have come a long way and to be succeeding at this level for me, that is the motivation. I am grateful every day." (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
She received the 2015 Best Female Performance of the Year Award from Mingara Athletics in Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia. (centralcoastsports.com.au, 27 May 2015)

She was named Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2014 Central Coast Sports Federation Awards in Australia. (sportnsw.com.au, 24 Nov 2014)
Ambitions
To work in the media once she has retired from the sport, and to work with charities overseas, particularly in Indonesia. (athletics.com.au, 2017)
Impairment
At age one she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After undergoing several operations and botox injections she was able to walk unsupported. Her condition predominantly affects movement on her left side, including her hand and foot. (nswathletics.org.au, 31 Mar 2014; smh.com.au, 31 May 2009)
Other information
MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE
In early 2017 she said she was unsure if she would continue training in throwing events beyond the world championships in London, England, the same year. "They have not included my events, discus and javelin in the [2018 Commonwealth] Games. Beyond July [2017] I am unsure if I will have a year break [from discus and javelin], train for long jump for the Commonwealth Games, or get back to one of my favourite sports, skiing slalom, for the 2018 Winter Paralympics." (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)

RIO RELAY
Her coach Kerry Smith was unable to travel to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, so Smith would watch her online and on television and send feedback via Facebook. "Kerry was sending me feedback via Facebook messenger to my [Australian national] team coach in Rio, who would call me to the fence and pass on the information from Kerry after each throw. The Rio team coach was filming my throws and sending them home to Kerry who was sitting in her lounge room alternating between the television, live feed and Facebook messenger. Crazy times. My mother called it 21st century coaching." (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2016 Javelin Throw F37 28.46
8 2016 Discus Throw F38 27.14
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 2015 Discus Throw F38 27.19
6 2015 Javelin Throw F37 26.09
2 2017 Javelin Throw F37 24.98
5 2017 Discus Throw F38 29.04
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Long Jump T37/38 3.67