Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Disability
Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
Sport
Athletics
Date of Birth
June 6, 1982
Home
Camperdown, NSW
Occupation
Student and athlete
Started Competing
1994
First Competed for Australia
1998
Games Experience

Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning her first individual medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens

Greatest Moment

Winning gold in the 100m at the 2002 World Championships

Bio

Angie Ballard is a world-class competitor with vast experience and a super coach in her mentor, Louise Sauvage. Her most successful Paralympic campaign to date is London 2012, where she won silver in the 200m and 400m and bronze in the 100m.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Angie won gold in the 1500m, and backed it up the following year at the IPC Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, where she broke a world record in the 400m that had stood for six years.

When Angie was seven-years-old, she was involved in a near-fatal car accident that paralysed her. She recalls waking up on the side of the road unable to move after her father asked her to sit up. She spent six weeks in hospital before returning home to Canberra.  Angie commenced rehabilitation in Sydney the following year and, having been exposed to disability early (her brother has spina bifida), it wasn’t long before she adapted to life in a wheelchair.

Angie experimented with a number of sports after attending a Wheelchair Sports NSW Christmas camp, but ultimately credits her PE teacher with finding her competitive edge in wheelchair racing. Looking for new ways to challenge herself, she began competing soon after.

Angie won her first Paralympic medal at the 2004 Games in Athens, after taking home gold in the 100m at the World Championships two years prior. She head into the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio preparing to defend her world records in the 400m and 800m events. Although unable to do so, she still performed well, claiming silver in the 4x400m relay and bronze in the 100m and 400m.

Though Angie finds it hard to pinpoint her greatest moment, she says that her 2002 World Championships gold was the most rewarding as the effort she had put into training up until that point was finally beginning to pay off.

Once retired from racing, Angie aims to still be involved in wheelchair sport. In ten years, she hopes to have added Paralympic gold to her collection of medals, and to be in a position to support herself, her family and the other important people in her life.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 100m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 400m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 800m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T53
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x400m relay Classification: T53