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INTERNATIONAL PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE
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1978-Christie Dawes photo

Christie Dawes

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54

Further personal information

Family
Husband Andrew Dawes, son Charlie
Other names
Christie Skelton
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Education - University of Newcastle: Australia

Sport specific information

Why this sport?
At age 12 she watched Australian wheelchair athlete Louise Sauvage at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona and thought it looked fun.
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [husband]
Training Regime
She trains at the New South Wales Institute of Sport [NSWIS] in Sydney, NSW, Australia.

International debut

Year
1996
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her husband and coach Andrew Dawes. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Hero / Idol
Her mother Roslyn, US talk show host Oprah Winfrey. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Injuries
In November 2011 she had surgery which she was told would be a simple 15-minute procedure. Complications resulted in eight more operations and she was out of action for almost eight months. She returned to training two months before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. After the Games, she had another operation and was back training in January 2013. (theherald.com.au, 28 Nov 2012, maitlandmercury.com.au, 16 Apr 2013)

She suffered internal bleeding at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing after receiving an injection of blood thinner to avoid blood clots on the flight to China. (adelaidenow.com.au, 08 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the 1996 Young Paralympian of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 1990. (abc.net.au, 10 May 2016)
Other information
BOSTON MARATHON
She competed in the 2013 Boston Marathon, which was the target of a bombing attack. After the race she was in her hotel room while her husband and coach Andrew and their son Charlie had left to get some food. She was unable to contact them immediately after the attack, and described that 15 minutes as the worst of her life. (NBN TV, 15 Apr 2013)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 3
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 9
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 10
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 3
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 6
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 4
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 6
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 4x100 m T53/54 Final Round 2
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 6
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 5
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 2 6
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 2 2012-08-31 5
Women's 5000 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-02 3
Women's 800 m T54 Heat 1 2012-09-04 4
Women's 800 m T54 Final Round 2012-09-05 8
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2012-09-06 5
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 2012-09-09 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 1500 m T54 Heat 2 2016-09-12 4
Women's 1500 m T54 Final Round 2016-09-13 8
Women's 5000 m T54 Heat 1 2016-09-14 4
Women's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-15 2
Women's Marathon T54 Final Round 2016-09-18 9