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Rhiannon Clarke

Rhiannon Clarke

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T38

Further personal information

Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 12 in Perth, WA, Australia.
Why this sport?
She discovered the sport at a try-out day for people with an impairment. "I have been running since I was 12, but only doing the 100m since 2017. I found out I was good at it. I tried it and it was fun, I enjoyed it."
Club / Team
Western Australian Institute of Sport [WAIS]: Australia
Name of coach
Danny Kevan [personal]

International debut

Year
2018
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Commonwealth Games
Location
Gold Coast, QLD, AUS

General interest

Hobbies
Swimming, horse riding, ballroom dancing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the women's T38 100m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer Madison De Rozario. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She wears long socks, and does jumps before her race. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Trust the process." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
She was presented the Sports Award at the 2020 Young Achiever Awards WA in Australia. (Instagram profile, 19 Oct 2020)

She was presented with the 2018 Pierre de Coubertin Award by the Australian Olympic Committee. The honour is given to high school students in Australia who display strong character and ideals at the highest standard both in and outside of sport. (mdc.wa.edu.au, 21 Sep 2018)
Milestones
She was the youngest athlete from any country to win a medal in Para sport at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. She claimed silver in the women's T38 100m at age 15 years and 263 days, which also made her the third-youngest athlete from any country to win a medal in Para sport at any edition of the Commonwealth Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Aug 2019; abc.net.au, 30 Apr 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She has cerebral palsy that affects her legs and right arm. (perthnow.com.au, 14 Sep 2020; abc.net.au, 30 Apr 2019)
Other information
FINISHING SCHOOL AND AIMING TOKYO
In September 2020 she was selected in the Australian team for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. In November 2020 she completed high school and two months later earned her Australian Tertiary Admission Rank [ATAR] score to pursue higher education. "The past few months have been hard [speaking in 2020], especially finding out the Paralympic Games in Tokyo were postponed. But it's also been good for me to know that I can finish off school this year and not have to miss too much because of my training. I've thought about what it'll be like in Tokyo. I can picture the starting line and the gun going off, doing the race and maybe even standing on the podium." (Instagram profile, 08 Jan 2021; perthnow.com.au, 14 Sep 2020)