Rae Anderson learned to swim before she learned to walk. As she grew older, she sailed and surfed, and played soccer, basketball and OZTAG, before a chance encounter with superstar coach Iryna Dvoskina in 2010 inspired her to give Para-athletics a go.

Iryna would have liked to turn Rae into a champion sprinter, but Rae had other ideas. She made her international debut in the women’s long jump T37/38 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, before realising her potential as a thrower.

In 2015, Rae represented Australia at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where she placed sixth in the women’s javelin F37 and seventh in the women’s discus F37. Proving she is an elite athlete in the truest sense, she competed in the javelin on the same day as sitting her final exam for the Higher School Certificate.

Following an impressive performance on debut at …

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Date of birth
16 February 1997
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Left hemiplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Birth
Residence
Wamberal, NSW
Occupation
Student, athlete
Started competing
2010
First competed for Australia
2014
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland

Greatest sporting moments

Qualifying for the Australian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Discus throw Classification: F38
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Javelin Classification: F37

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