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 She placed 6th in the re-race, but appealed the treatment of Canadian athlete, Diane Roy, whose gold medal was revoked after crossing for 2nd.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 …Read More