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Vanessa Wallace



Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
T34, F34

Further personal information

London, ENG
Athlete, Student
Higher education
Exercise Science, Sports Science - 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 London, 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

Competing for
Great Britain
Grand Prix
Dubai, UAE

General interest

Nessa (, 03 Mar 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Alison O'Riordan. (, 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." (, 24 May 2018)
Awards and honours
She received the 2018 Mike Brace CBE Award for Individual Achievement of the Year from the University of East London in England. (Instagram profile, 24 May 2018;, 24 May 2018)

She was named the 2015 Para Sports Performer of the Year in Haringey, England. (, 11 Mar 2016)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 12 Nov 2019)
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. (, 14 Nov 2019;, 14 Sep 2016;, 01 Jan 2014)
Other information
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 [speaking in 2018]. 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." (, 31 Oct 2018)

She has served as a wheelchair racing coach at the Haringey Wheelers club in London, England. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2021)


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