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Libby Leikis



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
T37, F37

Further personal information

Wellington, NZL
Higher education
Sports Management - New Zealand Institute of Sport: Wellington, NZL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She discovered athletics in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. She started competing in Para athletics in 2011.
Why this sport?
She discovered athletics after participating in a mini athletics day at primary school in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. "I like speed, so I do athletics. I was really good at it due to my grandfather's genes."
Club / Team
Wellington Harrier Athletics Club: New Zealand

International debut

Competing for
New Zealand
World Championships
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Music, drawing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 27 Jan 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 06 Aug 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Mike Ritchie, and her father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 01 Jan 2020)
She had seizures from when she was born until age two, when she was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a disease that causes tumours in the body. After surgery at age two to remove a tumour in the back of her head, she suffered a stroke that affected the right side of her body, especially her hand and foot. At age 13, another tumour was discovered in her head and she underwent further surgery. "The disease is genetic but I didn't get it that way, mine was just something that happened." (, 08 Dec 2016; Keen and Able YouTube channel, 06 Aug 2017)


Unit Date Rank
Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T37 Heat 2 2019-11-13 16
Women's 200 m T37 Heat 1 2019-11-14 18