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Rae Anderson

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy

Further personal information

Residence
Terrigal, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Office Worker, Student
Languages
English, Indonesian
Higher education
Language Studies, Literature - University of Sydney: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She has skied since childhood. She began competing in Para athletics at age 13.
Why this sport?
She was approached by an Australian Para alpine coach while skiing with her family, and was encouraged to join an athlete identification camp where she was offered a scholarship to train in the United States of America. After competing in Para athletics at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, she began focusing on Para alpine skiing. "I love athletics but skiing has always been my passion and I have been fortunate to be able to ski every winter with my family and their friends who worked as ski instructors in Australia and overseas. They always pushed me to be the best skier I could be as soon as I was old enough to be clipped into boots and skis."
Club / Team
Mingara Athletics: Tumbi Umbi, NSW, AUS

General interest

Most influential person in career
Her family. (funfitness4littlies.com, 25 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"My desire to achieve and support others to greatness through my story and accomplishments is what truly keeps me motivated. I have come a long way and to be succeeding at this level for me, that is the motivation. I am grateful every day." (modibodi.com.au, 05 Jan 2017)
Awards and honours
She received the 2015 Best Female Performance of the Year Award from Mingara Athletics in Tumbi Umbi, NSW, Australia. (centralcoastsports.com.au, 27 May 2015)

She was named Sportsperson with an Impairment of the Year at the 2014 Central Coast Sports Federation Awards in Australia. (sportnsw.com.au, 24 Nov 2014)
Other sports
She competed in athletics [F37 javelin and F38 discus] at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was classified in Para alpine skiing in the LW9-1 category for the 2021/22 season. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Oct 2020; IPC, 24 Feb 2022)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Winter Games. (sports.org.au, 13 Apr 2021)
Impairment
At age one she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. After undergoing several operations and having botox injections, she became able to walk unsupported. Her condition predominantly affects movement on her left side. "I competed for my school in able-bodied sports including soccer, hockey, oz tag, futsal and athletics; with the goal of one day competing for Australia in soccer - having cerebral palsy and learning about the Paralympics made that goal a possibility." (sports.org.au, 13 Apr 2021; nswathletics.org.au, 31 Mar 2014; smh.com.au, 31 May 2009)
Other information
YEAR OFF
In 2018 she took a year-long break from elite sport to focus on her studies. She moved to Indonesia for six months to pursue a degree in cultural studies at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, where she also learned to speak Indonesian. "Competition and elite sports are important to me, and I've always dreamed of having a sporting career. Although, there is life after sport and we have to make it what we want it to be. Studying in Indonesia taught me that there is more to life than elite sport, I'm grateful that I had this epiphany so early on in my life and sporting career. It has taught me to enjoy elite sports and the opportunities it provides and to push myself to be the best athlete, physically, mentally, and personally that I can be. It has allowed me this sense of gratitude and connection with my sporting career and life beyond sport. I love competing for Australia and I now know that life after sport is going to be pretty awesome too." (LinkedIn profile, 01 Dec 2021; pickstar.pro, 08 Oct 2020)

OCCUPATION
She has worked as operations director at University Bridge Project, a cultural exchanges initiative between Australian and Indonesian university students. In January 2021 she began working part-time as project coordinator at Disability Sports Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Dec 2021; sports.org.au, 13 Apr 2021; universitybridgeproject.org, 01 Jan 2019; Instagram profile, 27 Jul 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final 1 2015-10-26 7
Women's Javelin F37 Final 1 2015-10-29 6
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F37 Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final Round 2016-09-17 8
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Javelin F37 Final 1 2017-07-19 2
Women's Discus Throw F38 Final 1 2017-07-20 5