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Vanessa Wallace

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T34, F34

Further personal information

Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports and Recreation Studies - University of East London: England

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began wheelchair racing in 2012 at the Haringey Wheelers club in England. She switched to shot put in December 2014.
Why this sport?
She originally took up Para athletics to strengthen her arm muscles. After attending a throwing try-out session, she was invited to train with coach Alison O'Riordan.
Club / Team
Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club: London, ENG
Name of coach
Alison O'Riordan [personal], GBR, from 2014

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
Grand Prix
Location
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nicknames
Nessa (risingeast.co.uk, 03 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alison O'Riordan. (britishathletics.org.uk, 31 Oct 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sometimes you have to trust who is around you, yourself, and just know you can even if you don't have an answer." (home.bt.com, 24 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 she received a Mike Brace CBE Award for Individual Achievement of the Year from the University of East London in England. (Instagram profile, 22 Jul 2018)

She was named the 2015 Para Sports Performer of the Year in Haringey, England. (haringey.gov.uk, 11 Mar 2016)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (voice-online.co.uk, 14 Nov 2019)
Impairment
She was born with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which causes joint problems and affects leg mobility. The condition began to affect her as a teenager. She also has dystonia, a neurological condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms and contractures. (voice-online.co.uk, 14 Nov 2019; standard.co.uk, 14 Sep 2016; thesun.co.uk, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She has served as a member of the athletes' commission for UK Athletics. "It is quite a privileged position to be in. To me I'm still a baby growing into a toddler in terms of my experience on British teams, particularly in comparison to some people on the team. But knowing that you are someone people feel comfortable about being around, whether they have had 20 years' experience, or this is their first trip, for me is a huge privilege. It makes me feel really good and I enjoy knowing that I have my wheels in a couple of camps." (britishathletics.org.uk, 31 Oct 2018)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final Round 2016-09-14 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F34 Final 1 2017-07-17 5