US field eventer Rachael Morrison is the star of this week’s Superhero Sunday. The 28-year-old only took up para-athletics just over a year ago, but she is already the world record holder in the club throw F51 and is likely to be a key medal contender at October’s IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Competing in her first ever IPC Athletics Grand Prix season this year, Morrison enjoyed wins in Arizona, USA, and in Nottwil, Switzerland. Here she tells us her three heroes:
1. Mia Hamm (former US professional soccer player and Olympic gold medallist)
She was my first exposure to ‘Olympic anything’. I was really in to soccer growing up, so now that I’m in this new world (of Paralympic sport), that brings it back to my mind.
2. Stephen Hawking (Theoretical physicist and cosmologist)
He has not let his body change what he is doing with his life. He’s still using his mind to its maximum and he’s pursuing things even at 73-years-old.
3. My grandmother
Until her seventies she was still bicycling around the world!
Morrison will be one of 1,400 athletes competing at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, between 22-31 October.