Since making her international debut in 2015, Hermitage has been a revelation winning Paralympic, world and European titles, and consistently breaking records.
At the London 2017 World Championships she won 100m and 400m T37 gold, smashing the world record over one lap in the process with a time of 1:00.29 – more than two seconds faster than her rivals on the track. She clocked 13.36 seconds in the final of the 100m T37, setting a new championship record.
At Rio 2016 she won two gold medals and one silver, with records falling in every race.
Her first event was the 100m T37 and she gave a good indicator of her outstanding form lowering her own world record to 13.39 in the heats. She went even faster in the final, clocking 13.13 to top the podium with ease.
Three days later she broke the Paralympic record in the 400m T37 heats with a time of 1:03.44. In the final she went nearly three seconds faster, crossing the line in 1:00.53, lowering her own previous world record set at June’s European Championships by 0.10 seconds.
Although she and her teammates could only manage silver in the 4x100m relay T35-38 (51.07) behind China, they still recorded a new European record.
Hermitage had warmed up for Rio 2016 by winning four gold medals – 100m T37 (13.85), 200m T37 (27.21), 400m T38 (1:00.63) and 4x100m relay T35-38 (51.63) – at the Grosseto 2016 European Championships in Italy.
Doha 2015 was Hermitage’s first World Championships and despite a foot injury earlier in the season, she won 400m T37 gold (1:02.01), 4x100m T35-38 gold (52:22) and silver in the 100m T37 (13.87).
Hermitage was originally involved in athletics but left the sport at age 14. It was London 2012 and the birth of her daughter that inspired her to get back involved and she has not looked back since.
Further personal information
Sport specific information
In 2015 her training was affected by a foot injury but she recovered in time to compete at the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (bbc.co.uk, 25 Oct 2015)
A stress fracture in her foot prevented her from competing at the 2014 European Championships in Swansea, Wales. (jac-group.co.uk, 16 Feb 2015)
She was named Senior Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2016 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sports Awards in England. (dailyecho.co.uk, 18 Mar 2016)
She was involved in able-bodied athletics as a teenager, but quit the sport at age 14. In 2012 the birth of her daughter Tilly inspired her to take up Para athletics. "I was involved in athletics growing up but I walked away when I was 14 because my coach at the time asked if I'd ever thought of taking part in Para sport. At that time I wasn't willing to accept there was anything wrong with me so I decided to walk away from the sport. It wasn't until 2012 that I thought about returning. I wasted quite a few years doing nothing and I would not do it if it wasn't for Tilly. She is the fire in my belly." (bbc.co.uk, 25 Oct 2015; paralympic.org, 24 Jul 2015)
|Women's 100 m T37||Heat 2||2015-10-22||3|
|Women's 100 m T37||Final 1||2015-10-22||2|
|Women's 400 m T37||Final 1||2015-10-25||1|
|Women's 4x100 m T35-38||Final 1||2015-10-31||1|
|Women's 100 m T37||Heat 2||2016-09-08||1|
|Women's 100 m T37||Final Round||2016-09-09||1|
|Women's 400 m T37||Heat 1||2016-09-12||1|
|Women's 400 m T37||Final Round||2016-09-13||1|
|Women's 4x100 m T35-38||Final Round||2016-09-15||2|
|Women's 400 m T37||Final 1||2017-07-20||1|
|Women's 100 m T37||Heat 1||2017-07-22||2|
|Women's 100 m T37||Final 1||2017-07-22||1|