While most athletes make their international debuts at a World Championships or Commonwealth Games, Carlee Beattie is unlike most athletes. Instead, the now two-time Paralympic medallist represented Australia for the first time under the bright lights of the Bird’s Nest at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

Although Carlee did not win a medal in Beijing, where she contested the women’s 100m T46 and women’s 200m T46, she gained crucial international experience, and by the time the London 2012 Paralympic Games rolled around, she was ready to compete against and defeat the world’s best.

Still fresh from winning a silver and bronze medal at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, Carlee won her first Paralympic medal, a silver, in the women’s long jump F46. She came painfully close to gold, with just 0.06 centimetres standing between her and the top step of the podium.

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Date of birth
9 September 1982
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Left below-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Mermaid Waters, QLD
Projects manager
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Setting a world record in the women’s long jump F46

Heroes/role models

Bronwyn Thompson

Favourite quote
Pearls don't lie on the seashore. If you want one, you must dive for it.


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long jump Classification: T47

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