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Mikayla Chandler

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She got into athletics in 2015 at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA, United States of America.
Why this sport?
She used to play football, hockey and lacrosse, while also participating in dance. "As time went on, the girls got faster and the field got bigger and I was the same size." She was then encouraged to join the athletics team by Josh Winsper, another student of short stature. "He showed me there are so many other opportunities for me with sports. I could never compete at state level for field hockey, so being able to do so with shot put is unbelievable."

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning three medals, including one gold, at the 2018 International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports [IWAS] Youth Games in Athlone, Ireland. (southcoasttoday.com, 17 Jul 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her school friend Josh Winsper, who encouraged her to try athletics. (adaptivesportsne.org, 02 Mar 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I have a disability and I'm doing just fine. It's all about your mindset, if you think you'll do poorly, you probably will." (adaptivesportsne.org, 02 Mar 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named United States Paralympics Track and Field High School Female Field Athlete of the Year in 2018. (teamusa.org, 29 Nov 2018)

In 2017 she received the Courage Award from The Standard Times newspaper in Marion, CO, United States of America. (pvamag.com, 19 Jun 2018)
Ambitions
Competing at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (southcoasttoday.com, 17 Jul 2018)
Impairment
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (sippican.villagesoup.com, 18 Apr 2016)