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Sabrina Fortune

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Intellectual impairment
Classification
T20, F20

Further personal information

Residence
Mold, WAL
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, French
Higher education
Hospitality Management - Coleg Cambria: Wrexham, WAL

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up discus at age 11. She began focusing on shot put in 2014.
Why this sport?
She watched her brother compete and decided she wanted to try athletics herself. She began representing her school and was then asked to join her local club. "I started playing sport because we travelled around the UK with my brother and I thought, 'Why does he get to throw and I don't?' I enjoy the challenge and buzz of competitions."
Club / Team
Deeside AAC: Wales
Name of coach
Ian Robinson [personal], GBR, from 2012

General interest

Hobbies
Art, baking. (Facebook page, 29 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the women's F20 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (dcdesignprint.co.uk, 19 Mar 2020)
Most influential person in career
Her brother. (sportsaid.org.uk, 03 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol
British Para thrower Beverley Jones. (Like Minded, 26 Feb 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You learn from the ups and downs. Every wall that gets put in front of you, you either go around or you climb it. You always learn from everything and even if it doesn't go right, it can go right another time." (deeside.com, 22 Aug 2018)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2012 Flintshire Athlete of the Year and the 2012 Wrexham Athletics Female Para Sport Personality of the Year in Wales. (specialolympicswales.co.uk, 01 May 2013)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (dailypost.co.uk, 10 Sep 2016)
Impairment
She has speech dyspraxia, which makes it difficult for her to communicate. The condition has resulted in a mild intellectual impairment. (dailypost.co.uk, 13 Sep 2013)
Other information
ADAPTING TO HEAT
She planned to use heat chambers to acclimatise to the temperature and humidity of Japan for a month to six weeks before the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. She prepared for the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in the same way. "For throwers the heat is really good because you don't have to keep moving. Your body is already warm. For runners it's awful. It's not hard to work out how to deal with it. So for a lot of hot countries you work out that the mornings are really hot, the middle of the day can be extremely hot and at night you're fine, so you compete at night most of the time. That means that although you lose the heat you've still got the humidity. With heat you sweat, but with humidity you don't." (dcdesignprint.co.uk, 19 Mar 2020)

DEALING WITH DIFFERENCES
She has found that international competitions can be arranged differently from country to country, which can cause issues related to her performance. "There are some competitions where you have the starting gun right next to you. With a learning disability you struggle with change. If something's different in a competition you struggle. For me, to go in front of a camera and have it follow you around, it's hard. I don't want it. I just want to throw. I've had times when they present medals halfway through a competition and you can't throw." (Like Minded, 26 Feb 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2015-10-23 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final Round 2016-09-10 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F20 Final 1 2017-07-18 6