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Ilse Hayes RSA and Kym Crosby USA compete in the Heat 2 of the Women's 100m - T13 at the Olympic Stadium.

Ilse Hayes

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For a number of months in 2015, Hayes was the world's fastest Para athlete after clocking 11.89 seconds for the 100m T13 at the Grand Prix in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Although Cuban T12 sprinter Omara Durand took Hayes’ title later that same year, her world record stood until May 2016 when it was broken by Ukrainian newcomer Leila Adzhametova.

At her fourth Paralympic Games in Rio, Hayes won her second successive silver medal in the 100m T13 (11.91), missing out on top spot to Adzhametova. The South African also won silver in the 400m T13 (56.49) behind France’s Nantenin Keita.

At her first Paralympic Games in Athens in 2004, the South African took 400m T13 (1:00.17) bronze. Four years later, she won her first Paralympic gold in the long jump T13 (5.68m) at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and also won 100m T13 (12.45) silver.

She defended her long jump (5.70m) title at London 2012 and also claimed another Paralympic silver in the 100m T13 (12.41m).

Away from the Paralympic Games, Hayes has competed at five World Championships, making her debut in 2002. During this time she has won 11 medals, including six world titles. Most recently she won 100m and 200m gold at the 2015 edition in Doha, Qatar.

Aged seven, Hayes was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease - a condition which affects the central vision and the ability to see basic detail.

After getting her first taste for the sport at school, she took up Para athletics in 2001 and a year later won her first world title – over 400m – at age 15.

In 2013 she was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga by the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma for her sporting achievements and was named Sportswoman of the Year with a Disability at the 2013 Western Cape Sports Awards.

Off the track, Hayes has completed a Sports Science degree and then her honours in Pediatric Sciences.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

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

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)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq 2002 (Villeneuve d'Ascq, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 1
Women's Long Jump F13 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F13 Final Round 1
Women's 200 m T13 Final Round 5
Women's 200 m T13 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 2
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 1 1
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump F13 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 3
Women's 400 m T13 Heat 2 2
Women's 200 m T13 Final Round 3
Women's 200 m T13 Heat 1 2
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 9999
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 5
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 3
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Final 2011-01-22 1
Women's 200 m T13 Final 2011-01-26 3
Women's Long Jump F12/13 Final 2011-01-27 1
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2012-09-05 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 2012-09-06 2
Women's Long Jump F13 Final Round 2012-09-07 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Final 1 2013-07-24 2
Women's Long Jump T13 Final 1 2013-07-25 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-27 1
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 1 2015-10-29 1
Women's 100 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T13 Heat 2 2016-09-10 1
Women's 100 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Women's 400 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-17 2
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-16 2
Women's 100 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-17 2