Rachael Dodds is a Paralympic runner who represented Australia at the London 2012 Paralympics in the T35 100m and 200m events. She is a world champion and world record holder. While her preferred events are the 800 metre and 1,500 metres, she switched to sprint events in order to maximize her chances of Paralympic selection. Rachael is from Hawthorne in Brisbane .She trains at the QLD Sport and Athletic Centre and is coached by Cherina Kelly.
In 2008 Rachael was an inaugural Sporting Dreams award recipient and said her dream was to become a Paralympian.
Disability: Cerebral Palsy
Records: World record 800m
Best results: 2011 World Champion 200 m
1994 November born premature with cerebral palsy
2007 Started competition after being introduced to the sport by physiotherapist Tanya Winter
2008 – 2012 attended Cannon Hill Anglican College
2010 World record in the 200 metre event. Championships in Perth
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships Christchurch NZ Gold medal 200m
Silver medal 100m. (made her international debut)
2011 The Courier-Mail PKF Queensland disabled athlete of the year.
2011- 2012 South East Advertiser Young Star
2012 Brisbane Track Classic. Personal best time of 17.21 seconds in the T35 100 metre event.
2012 Qantas Australian Athletics Tour – Adelaide Track Classic, she finished eighth in the women’s 200 metre ambulant event with a time of 36.48 seconds.