She may be married to two-time Paralympian Scott Reardon, but German-born Vanessa Low is a star in her own right.

A two-time Paralympian herself, Vanessa is a Paralympic gold and silver medallist, five-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 as one of 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 around the world.

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 …

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Date of birth
17 July 1990
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Left above-knee and right through-knee limb loss
How acquired
Train accident
Residence
Florey, ACT
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2009
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the women’s long jump T42 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Her gold medal ceremony at Rio 2016

Heroes/role models

Michael Schumacher

Favourite quote
This too shall pass

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T61
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long jump Classification: T61

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