Claire, 17, has represented Australia at the World Dwarf Games in August this year in the USA, winning 3 bronze medals. Claire has also set new QLD and AUS records in her classification.
Clair started athletics in 2010 when she was assisted in getting started in throwing by Michael Pratt who ran a squad to encourage kids with disabilities to participate in athletics, which Clair’s brother was also involved in.
Clair got help from Michael to contact her current coach, Panayis, who she has been with ever since.
Clair’s disability, a genetic condition called Achondroplasia (Dwarfism), has resulted in her having a back operation in 2008 however, during the 9 months of rehabilitation, Claire showed great strength, dedication and courage to her ultimate dream of representing Australia in her chosen sport.
Her hard work is paying off with her setting new Queensland and Australian Records in her classification.
Clair represented Australia at the World Dwarf Games in August 2013 in the USA, winning 3 gold medals.
Her dream of representing Australia at the IPC World Championships and the Paralympics was realised at the World Dwarf Games.
Her goals are set each season with her coach and planned accordingly with a yearly plan set out to help achieve these goals.
Short-term goals aim at regaining fitness, flexibility and endurance through therapy and throws programmes, compete at regional competitons and State and National Athletic Championships.
Claire’s advice to other athletes would be to make the most of every opportunity you have, work hard and give your best effort each time you train or compete. Respect your fellow competitors and officials and always be a good sport.