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Nicole Harris

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F20

Further personal information

Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Fitness Instructor
Languages
English
Higher education
Fitness and Exercise Management

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began shot putting competitively in 2012, having previously competed in the 1500m event.
Why this sport?
While running at a meet in Sydney, NSW, Australia she was targeted by an Athletics Australia throwing coach who suggested she may have potential in throwing events due to her long limbs.
Club / Team
St George District Athletics Club: Sydney, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Bre Clement, AUS, from 2012; Karyne Di Marco, AUS, from 2012

International debut

Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Nicknames
Coley (Facebook profile, 02 Apr 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Throwing two personal bests at the 2015 Sydney Track Classic in Australia. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Most influential person in career
Her physical education teacher from high school. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"If someone says you can't do something, always prove them wrong." (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other sports
She has represented Australia in basketball and alpine skiing in international events for athletes with an intellectual impairment. (aimforthestars.com.au, 01 Mar 2012; specialolympics.com.au, 20 Jun 2015)
Famous relatives
Her mother Sharyn Harris was head coach of the Australian team that competed at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. (specialolympics.com.au, 07 Feb 2013)
Impairment
She was born with an intellectual impairment. (Athlete, 23 Oct 2015)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She works as a fitness coach at Danebank Anglican School for Girls in Hurstville, NSW, Australia. (Facebook profile, 02 Apr 2016)

FROM TRACK TO FIELD
Originally a middle distance runner, she changed disciplines in early 2012 and took up the shot put in an attempt to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (nswathletics.org.au, 19 Apr 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2013-07-26 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2015-10-23 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final Round 2016-09-10 7