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Carly Salmon



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Canberra, ACT, AUS
Athlete, Student
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?
A teacher at her school encouraged her to try Para athletics. "I have a twin sister who was pretty sporty so I wanted to do a sport she didn't."
Club / Team
Kooringal-Wagga Athletics Club: Australia

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Spending time with friends, reading, walking her dog. (, 01 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the T35 200m at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (, 01 Mar 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian Paralympic sprinter Kelly Cartwright. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
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. (, 29 Oct 2015;, 22 Oct 2015)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She puts her left sock on first before a competition. (, 01 Mar 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in your ability, not disability." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
To compete at the Paralympic Games. (, 01 Mar 2018)
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;, 15 Jun 2015)
Other information
She considered quitting the sport after she was not selected for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. However, watching her friends compete at the Games inspired her to continue, 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." (, 16 Oct 2016)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T35 Semifinal 1 2013-07-21 5
Women's 100 m T35 Final 1 2013-07-22 5
Women's 200 m T35 Semifinal 1 2013-07-26 5
Women's 200 m T35 Final 1 2013-07-27 3
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T35 Heat 1 2015-10-23 9999
Women's 100 m T35 Heat 1 2015-10-29 10
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T35 Final 1 2017-07-16 6
Women's 100 m T35 Final 1 2017-07-19 6