Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy and vision impairment
Date of Birth
July 5, 1995
Mount Gravatt, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Cathy Freeman, Katrina Webb

Career Highlights

Breaking the T38 800m world record (unofficially) in February 2015, competing at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning the 400m at Sydney 2000


A young athlete with a growing list of accomplishments, Torita Isaac is one of the brightest sparks on the Australian squad. While she made her debut for the Australian Team at the London 2012 Games at just 17-years-old, it was her world record breaking time of 2.35.26s in the 800m that has brought her name front and centre of the Paralympic track and field.

Born with cerebral palsy and a vision impairment, Torita first tried athletics at school. Initially classified as a T13 athlete to reflect her vision impairment, Torita competed in cross country competitions with her friends. Inspired by fellow Indigenous Australian athlete Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, she threw herself into her sport and has never looked back.

Torita’s dedication to making the London 2012 Team was proven when she competed at the 2012 National Championships in Melbourne despite suffering enormous pain in both legs. She ran the 100m in 14.93s and was set to run the 200m when scans revealed she had 11 bone fractures in her legs.

Not wanting to miss out on what would be her first chance to wear green and gold, and her first Paralympic Games, Torita travelled to London but shifted her focus on getting herself to the start line as opposed to her performance. Although she didn’t medal, she made the final of both the 100m and 200m and was proud have the opportunity to compete in front of a huge crowd and for her country.

Coached by Wayne Leaver, Torita now has her eyes firmly set on a podium finish at Rio 2016 and if her results since then are anything to go by, she will do just that.

At the 2015 Queensland Club Championships, Torita set herself a challenge of competing in the 800m. Having only trained for the 400m and 200m, Wayne set Torita a schedule and worked on pacing, and in her first attempt broke the world record. While her time remains unofficial due to the competition not having anti-doping regulations, the record has made waves and set a new benchmark in Para-athletics.

From the Kamilaroi Aboriginal people in the Moree region of New South Wales, Torita was invited to raise the Aboriginal flag at the Kedron Park State Emergency Centre during the 2012 NAIDOC week. She wants continue being an ambassador for Indigenous athletes and aims to complete a degree in Indigenous studies.

In ten years time, Torita hopes to be a Paralympic gold medallist, still breaking world records, and a mentor to young athletes with a disability.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Disciplines: 400m Classification: T38
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x100m relay Classification: T38