Melbourne teenager Isis Holt shook up the international Para-athletics scene when, less than a year after taking up the sport “to try something new,” she broke world records in the 100m and 200m.

She cemented her place among the world’s best at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where she shaved almost one second off her own 200m world record to win gold and qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Surging out of the blocks in lane six, Isis was challenged around the bend by friendly rival, 15-year-old Maria Lyle of Great Britain, before digging deep to break away on the home straight. She considers it the most exciting race of her career to date, not only because it was her first time overseas, but her result exceeded any expectations she had of her performance heading into competition.

Coached by Nick Wall, the Canberra native says that …

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Date of birth
3 July 2001
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

How acquired
Brunswick, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the 200m in world record time at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Greatest sporting moments

Being able to prove that having a disability has not stopped her from achieving her goals

Heroes/role models

Usain Bolt


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T35
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 200m Classification: T35
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4x100m relay Classification: T35

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