Christie Dawes was involved in a car accident when she was ten-years-old, and though it left her a paraplegic, she refused to let it get in the way of the active lifestyle that she had enjoyed beforehand.

The 1996 Young Paralympian of the Year suffered a devastating blow at her fourth Paralympic Games in Beijing. In the 5000m event, six wheelchair racers were involved in a “smash up derby” less than 500m from the finish line. She placed 6th in the re-race, but appealed the treatment of Canadian athlete, Diane Roy, whose gold medal was revoked after crossing for 2nd.

Despite this controversy, Christie managed to nab silver at the Games in the 4x100m relay, which she lists as one of her greatest sporting moments, alongside placing third in the New York  City Marathon that same year.

After giving birth to a baby boy in February 2011, Christie returned just …

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Date of birth
3 May 1980
Past Paralympic Games

Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Merewether, NSW
Primary school teacher
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze in the 1999 Peachtree 10km Road Race, and placing fifth in the 2003 Boston and Berlin Marathons

Greatest sporting moments

Winning silver in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, and placing third in the 2008 New York City Marathon

Heroes/role models

Her mum and Oprah Winfrey


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 5000m Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Marathon Classification: T54
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4x400m relay Classification: T54

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