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HAYES Ilse
Sport Para athletics
NPC South Africa   
GenderWomen
Age33
Place of BirthJohannesburg, SAF
Height1.61 m
Weight 59 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13
Further Personal Information
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Cassie Carstens
Other names
Ilse Carstens
Residence
Stellenbosch, RSA
Languages
Afrikaans, English
Higher education
Pediatrics, Sports Science - University of Stellenbosch: South Africa
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up athletics at age six. She began competing in Para athletics in 2000.
Why this sport?
She broke the school record in her first race and has loved the sport ever since. She also liked challenging herself to become better.
Club / Team
Maties ParaSport Club: Stellenbosch, RSA
Name of coach
Suzanne Ferreira [club], RSA, from 2005
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
South Africa
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lille, FRA
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, watching movies, spending time with her husband, dancing. (iol.co.za, 17 Sep 2016; paralympic.org, 07 Oct 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela after winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her parents, husband, and coach Suzanne Ferreira. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Injuries
She suffered from a hamstring injury throughout 2014. (paralympic.org, 09 Jun 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Challenge yourself to be the best version of yourself every day." (Athlete, 16 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours
She was named Para Sportswoman of the Year at the 2016 South African Sport Awards. (sascoc.co.za, 28 Nov 2016)

In 2013 she received the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver in South Africa. (sun.ac.za, 30 Apr 2013)

She was named Para Sportswoman of the Year at the 2013 Western Cape Sports Awards in South Africa. (info.gov.za, 24 Apr 2013)
Impairment
At age seven she was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a condition that affects a person's central vision. (paralympic.org, 28 Feb 2013)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
In late 2016 she announced that she would retire from Para athletics after competing at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. She plans to start a family. "Being a mother is a really big dream of mine. I'll definitely be back in London for the world championships. There's a 200m for me there. That will be my last race as an athlete." (iol.co.za, 17 Sep 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2004 100m T13 13.23 
3 2004 400m T13 1:00.17 
1 2008 Long Jump F13 5.68
5 2008 200m T13 26.22
2 2008 100m T13 12.45
2 2012 100m T13 12.41
1 2012 Long Jump F13 5.70
2 2016 100m T13 11.91
2 2016 400m T13 56.49
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
3 2002 100m T13 13.06
1 2002 400m T13 1:01.42
4 2002 Long Jump F13 4.93
8 2006 100m T13  DSQ
3 2006 200m T13 26.32
3 2006 400m T13 1:00.23
5 2006 Long Jump F13 5.19
1 2011 100m T13 12.49
3 2011 200m T13 25.54
1 2011 Long Jump F13 5.80
2 2013 100m T13 12.60
1 2013 Long Jump T13 5.76
1 2015 200m T13 25.24
1 2015 100m T13 12.37
2 2017 200m T13 24.94
2 2017 100m T13 12.17