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Kristen Messer

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T33

Further personal information

Residence
Austin, TX, USA
Occupation
Cashier
Languages
English
Higher education
Health Studies, Physical Education - Austin Community College: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up wheelchair racing at age 15.
Why this sport?
"I have a competitive spirit, and racing gave me an outlet. I fell in love with the racing chair and never looked back. I think I enjoy it so much because I can go fast. I'm sort of an adrenaline junkie."

International debut

Year
2011
Competing for
United States
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL

General interest

Hobbies
Volunteering, coaching. (LinkedIn profile, 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Teresa Skinner. (Athlete, 28 Aug 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they desire to." (Athlete, 02 Dec 2010)
Awards and honours
She received the APS Power Player Award at the 2008 Grand Canyon State Games in the United States of America. The honour is presented to individuals who demonstrate exceptional character and sportsmanship at the Games. (kristenmesser.com, 12 Oct 2010)

She was named Female Youth Runner of the Year at the 2005 Austin Runners Choice Awards in the United States of America. (kristenmesser.com, 01 Jul 2014)
Other sports
She has competed at international level in road racing, and national level in swimming. (kristenmesser.com, 12 Oct 2010)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy. (dambreaker.wordpress.com, 09 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T34 Final 2011-01-22 3
Women's 100 m T34 Final 2011-01-24 3
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T34 Heat 1 2012-08-31 3
Women's 100 m T34 Final Round 2012-08-31 6
Women's 200 m T34 Heat 2 2012-09-06 4
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 200 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-20 8
Women's 100 m T34 Final 1 2013-07-22 8