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Robyn Lambird

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Family
Partner Nathan
Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Public Speaker
Languages
English
Higher education
Media and Communications - Curtin University : Perth, WA, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She was involved in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby before taking up Para athletics in 2015 at age 18.
Why this sport?
While volunteering at a wheelchair track meet she was encouraged to start training. "People were saying, 'Wow, you're really good at this, you should do it'. That's when I started taking it more seriously."
Name of coach
Blanche Herbert [personal], AUS

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
T-Rex [her mother gave her the name when she was young. "I was born with cerebral palsy and I walk, well, like a T-Rex"]. (YouTube channel, 02 Nov 2016)
Hobbies
Playing wheelchair rugby, fashion, posting videos and blogging on social media, exploring cities, photography. (Instagram profile, 20 Nov 2020; Facebook page, 19 Nov 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair basketball player Amber Merritt. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jan 2020)
Awards and honours
She received the Wheelchair Sports Western Australia 2016 Super Series Award [for Most Improved Athlete] and the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year award. (wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 23 Nov 2016)
Other sports
She has played wheelchair rugby at state level in Western Australia. (perthnow.com.au, 01 Dec 2015; wheelchairsportswa.org.au, 26 Jun 2015)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age nine. Through surgery, doctors were able to lengthen her hamstrings and Achilles tendons, and add bone grafts to her ankles. "I also get Botox injections in my legs about every six months. My cerebral palsy makes my muscles constantly contract, so the Botox acts as a neuro-inhibitor and helps them relax." (thewest.com.au, 13 Sep 2016; dailymail.co.uk, 12 Sep 2016)
Other information
FROM ENGLAND TO AUSTRALIA
Born in England, she moved to Perth, WA, Australia, at age nine. (metro.co.uk, 12 Sep 2016; bbc.co.uk, 13 Sep 2016)