Having unofficially broken the 800m world record in February 2015, 21-year-old Torita Blake, who was born with cerebral palsy and vision impairment, is one of the most promising young athletes on the Australian Paralympic Team. She first began participating in sport after watching Indigenous athlete Cathy Freeman win gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, an achievement she rates among the greatest sporting moments of all time. Competing in athletics from 2011, Torita was determined to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, contesting the 100m at the National Championships in Melbourne in 14.93 seconds despite excruciating leg pain. Incredibly, scans later revealed she had 11 bone fractures. Making her Paralympic debut at London 2012, Torita competed in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay. Although she didn’t medal, she says that she was proud to represent Australia in the green and gold and race in front of tens of thousands… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment and Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
Sport
Para-athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
July 5, 1995
Home
Mount Gravatt, QLD
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2012
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Cathy Freeman and Katrina Webb

Career Highlights

Unofficially breaking the 800m world record in February 2015

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning 400m gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Sports & Disciplines

  • Disciplines: 400m Classification: T38