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Polly Maton

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T46, F46

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English
Higher education
History, Politics - University of Oxford: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began athletics at age eight at a free trial session at her primary school.
Why this sport?
She has always been interested in athletics and enjoyed doing a healthy activity she was good at. She met coach Colin Baross at a trial athletics session and he asked her to join the local athletics club.
Club / Team
Team Devizes - Moonrakers Athletics Club [ENG] / Oxford University [ENG]:
Name of coach
Colin Baross [personal]

International debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Doha, QAT

General interest

Hero / Idol
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (sportsaid.org.uk, 31 Mar 2014)
Injuries
In March 2020 she injured her ankle ligaments after awkwardly catching her foot while landing in a long jump put during training. She underwent surgery and a period of rehabilitation, including time on crutches. She began running in August 2020 before returning to jumping training in November that year. (britishathletics.org, 01 Jun 2020; Twitter profile, 21 Jun 2021)

In 2019 she sustained an injury to her foot. (Twitter profile, 21 Jun 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year at the 2015 Wiltshire Athletics Awards in Devizes, England. (wiltshiretimes.co.uk, 18 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To win medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (athleticsweekly.com, 09 May 2017)
Impairment
She was born with part of her right arm missing. (gazetteandherald.co.uk, 15 Aug 2014)
Other information
SECOND CHANCE IN TOKYO
She suffered an ankle ligament injury in March 2020 and required surgery, which would have ruled her out of contention for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo before the Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I went through a good month believing the Paralympics were going on and I definitely would not be there, unless they had a new crutches event. I'm going to the Games I was never supposed to be attending. No, I am not thankful for COVID. It goes without saying that I would not have taken this opportunity in spite of the horrors of the last 18 months. This will just be a weird, personal silver lining. Lesson learned, never count yourself out." (Twitter profile, 21 Jun 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as disability officer for Lady Margaret Hall College at the University of Oxford in England and says there needs to be more inclusion in athletics at all levels of the sport in Great Britain. "Inclusion is really important. In 2021 though, things need to happen now and quickly, throughout [the University of] Oxford and more widely. Ableism often gets forgotten, especially in sport, but it really, really sucks. I tried to push the college to think of new ways to make itself more accessible, so more welcoming to those with a disability." (britishathletics.org, 01 Jun 2020; Instagram profile, 30 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2015-10-23 8
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Long Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-08 7
Women's 100 m T47 Heat 1 2016-09-10 2
Women's 100 m T47 Final Round 2016-09-11 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m T47 Final 1 2017-07-18 5
Women's Long Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-23 2