Born and raised in the regional town of Hervey Bay in Queensland, Raissa Martin wasn’t exposed to opportunities in Para-sport until moving to Brisbane in 2012. Instead she channelled her love of sport into athletics, competing against able-bodied athletes for nearly a decade.
Raissa began playing goalball recreationally when she relocated to Brisbane for work and study. However, she fell so in love with the high-intensity sport she ended up joining the Queensland side, winning several national titles and ultimately achieving selection for the Australian team.
A dream of hers since she first started competing in athletics as a 10-year-old, Raissa made her Paralympic debut at the Rio Games following Russia’s ban due to widespread doping. There the Aussie Belles tied 2-2 in their match against the Ukraine, placing fifth behind Turkey, China, Canada and the Ukraine.
The Fairfield local is inspired in training by teammate and captain Meica Horsburgh …Read More