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.

Athlete Profile 

​Born: 26/11/94

Disability: Cerebral Palsy

Classification: T35
Records: World record 800m
Best results: 2011 World Champion 200 m

Sporting History

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.