Vanessa was a two-time Paralympian for Germany before she started representing Australia in 2019. She is a Paralympic gold and silver medallist, six-time World Championships medallist and the reigning world record holder in the women’s long jump T61. She has worked tirelessly over the last 10 years to establish herself among the best Para-athletics competitors in the world, and given how far she has come since making her international debut in 2009, she has also done plenty to inspire the next generation of track athletes in Australia, Germany and across the globe.
When Vanessa was 15, she accidentally stumbled from an overcrowded platform and into the path of an oncoming train. She lost her left leg above the knee and right leg through the knee, and sustained head and back injuries and multiple broken bones. Vanessa spent the next six months in hospital, and by the time she was discharged, …Read More