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LYLE Maria
Sport Para athletics
NPC Great Britain   
Place of BirthDunbar, SCO
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Further Personal Information
Dunbar, SCO
Athlete, Student
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up running at age eight with her parents. She began competing in Para athletics competitions at age 10.
Why this sport?
"One day in a PE lesson my mum was taking, we were doing the multi-stage fitness test and I surprised a few people and managed to complete it. I was the last person standing and I thought, 'Oh, this could be my thing'."
Club / Team
Team East Lothian: Scotland
Name of coach
Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Jamie Bowie [personal]
Senior International Debut
Competing for
Great Britain
Grand Prix
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal as part of the T35-38 relay team at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (, 16 Mar 2016)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (, 16 Aug 2015)
She was affected by an injury to her left leg at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (, 19 Jul 2017)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Turn tragedy into triumph." (Instagram profile, 21 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2015 Para Athlete of the Year by Scottish Athletics. (, 05 Mar 2016)

She was named the 2014 Young Paralympic Athlete of the Year by British Athletics. (, 12 Dec 2014)

In 2014 she was named Most Promising Young Female Athlete by the East Lothian Athletic Development Group in Scotland. (, 07 Dec 2014)
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age two. The condition affects the muscles in her legs. (, 13 Mar 2016)
Other information
She has served as a patron of East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme [ELSNP] in Scotland. (Twitter profile, 20 Mar 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2016 100m T35 14.41
2 2016 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 51.07
3 2016 200m T35 29.35
World Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
2 2015 200m T35 29.32
2 2015 100m T35 13.92
1 2015 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 52.22
3 2017 200m T35 29.87
3 2017 100m T35 14.45
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2018 100m T35 15.14
European Championships (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
1 2014 100m T35 14.92
1 2014 200m T35 31.05
1 2016 100m T35 14.45
1 2016 200m T35 29.91
1 2016 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 51.63
1 2018 100m T35 15.32
  2018 200m T35  DNS