23-year-old Torita Blake is one of Australia’s most promising young talents in Para-athletics.

As a proud Indigenous woman, Torita was first inspired to play sport when Cathy Freeman won gold in the women’s 400m at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. 12 years later, she made her Paralympic debut in front of tens of thousands of fans who, in 12 years’ time, might also compete at an Olympic or Paralympic Games.

At the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Torita contested the women’s 100m T38, women’s 200m T38 and women’s 4 x 100m relay T35/T38. Although she missed the podium, to have competed at all was an exceptional achievement in itself – just four months prior, at the 2012 Australian Track and Field Championships for Athletes with Disabilities in Melbourne, Torita had suffered 11 bone fractures in the women’s 100m ambulant.

The following year, Torita placed seventh in the women’s 100m T38 and …

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Date of birth
5 July 1995
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

How acquired
Mount Gravatt, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Unofficially breaking the 800m world record in February 2015

Greatest sporting moments

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

Heroes/role models

Cathy Freeman and Katrina Webb


  • Discipline: 400m Classification: T38

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