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Rachel Kroener



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Arlington, TX, USA
Higher education
Exercise Science - University of Texas at Arlington: United States

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up wheelchair basketball at age 10 and was introduced to para-athletics in 2010 in Arizona, United States of America.
Why this sport?
"My mum signed me up for wheelchair basketball. I didn't really think anything of it at the time, just that it was a new activity. After starting wheelchair basketball I was introduced to track and field which I fell in love with."
Club / Team
UT Arlington Movin' Mavs: United States
Name of coach
Harold Brown [club]; Erica Wheeler, USA, from 2015

International debut

Competing for
United States
World Championships
Doha, QAT

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to compete the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Hero / Idol
US wheelchair basketball player Jennifer Ruddell. (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Brick walls are there for a reason, they let us prove how badly we want things." [Randy Pausch] (Facebook profile, 13 Mar 2016)

"Wherever you go, whatever you accomplish, always remember where you started and why you never stopped." (Athlete, 25 Oct 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named a US Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American in javelin and shot put in both 2014 and 2015. (, 03 Sep 2015;, 15 Sep 2014)

She was named the US Paralympics Track and Field High School Female Field Athlete of the Year in 2012 and 2013. She was also named an All-American in discus and javelin in both years. (, 02 Oct 2013;, 01 Nov 2012)

She was named the 2013 Junior Athlete of the Year by magazine Sports 'n Spokes. (, 31 Jul 2013)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair basketball at university level for the UT Arlington Movin' Mavs in the United States of America. (UT Arlington Department of Kinesiology Facebook page, 25 Sep 2015)
She was born with cerebral palsy, which particularly affects her legs. (, 31 Jul 2013)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2015-10-22 7
Women's Javelin F34 Final 1 2015-10-29 6