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SALMON Carly
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age19
Place of BirthWagga Wagga, AUS
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T35
Further Personal Information
Residence
Wagga Wagga, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Teaching - University of Canberra: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age eight. Her first race was at a school carnival.
Why this sport?
"I have a twin sister who was pretty sporty so I wanted to do a sport she didn't." At school a teacher encouraged her to try Para athletics.
Club / Team
Kooringal-Wagga Athletics Club: Australia
Name of coach
Mark Conyers [personal]; Mike Barber [personal]
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Being with friends, reading, walking with her dog. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T35 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Paralympic sprinter Kelly Cartwright. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Mar 2018)
Injuries
Shin pains prevented her from competing in the T35 200m at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She returned to the track six days later and participated in the T35 100m at the same competition. (dailyadvertiser.com.au, 22 Oct 2015; paralympic.org, 29 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She puts her left sock on first before a competition. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in you ability, not disability." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (commonwealthgames.com.au, 01 Mar 2018)
Impairment
As a result of a stroke before birth she was born with cerebral palsy. She has restricted movement down the left side of her body. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015; riverinaleader.com.au, 15 Jun 2015)
Other information
RIO DISAPPOINTMENT
She had thoughts of quitting the sport after she was not selected to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However watching her friends compete inspired her to continue the sport with a focus on long jump as well as sprinting. "When I was told I was not going I was shattered. I knew it was a strong possibility because my class had got so tough. I had to take a few weeks out. I was definitely a mess for a long time. But the support from my school, my parents and my friends has definitely got me back. I didn't think I would be able to watch the Paralympics, but it was amazing watching my friends there and it reminded me it is something I really want to do." (nswathletics.org.au, 16 Oct 2016)

FUTURE
She would like to become a special needs teacher. (yourlocalwaggaweekly.com.au, 20 Apr 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2013 100m T35 16.82
3 2013 200m T35 34.92
Heats 2015 200m T35  DNS
Heats 2015 100m T35 17.34
6 2017 200m T35 33.66
6 2017 100m T35 15.92
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
4 2018 100m T35 16.39