Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy and vision impairment
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
July 5, 1995
Home
Mount Gravatt, QLD
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2012
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Cathy Freeman and Katrina Webb

Career Highlights

Breaking the 800m world record (unofficially) in February 2015

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning the 400m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Bio

 

Having unofficially broken the 800m world record in February 2015, 21-year-old Torita Isaac is one of the most promising young athletes on the Australian Paralympic Team.

Born with cerebral palsy and vision impairment, Torita threw herself into sport after watching fellow Indigenous Australian athlete Cathy Freeman win gold in the 400m at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Determined to qualify for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Torita competed at the National Championships in Melbourne despite excruciating leg pain. She ran the 100m in 14.93 seconds and was set to race in the 200m until scans revealed 11 bone fractures.

At her Paralympic debut, Torita competed in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay but did not medal. Irrespective, she was proud to represent Australia in the green and gold and race in front of tens of thousands of fans.

At the 2015 Queensland Cup Championships, Torita set herself the challenge of competing in a middle-distance race, the 800m. Her coach, Wayne Leaver, worked with her to improve her pace, and she broke the world record in her first attempt. Unfortunately, the competition did not have any anti-doping regulations, meaning her record is not official.

Though hoping to stand atop the podium at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, Torita fell just short, crossing for 4th with a time of 1:04.47.

Hailing from the Kamilaroi nation in the Moree region of NSW, Torita was invited to raise the Aboriginal flag at the Kedron Park State Emergency Centre during NAIDOC Week in 2012. She would like to continue to be an ambassador for Indigenous athletes and hopes to one day 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